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Offline azelismia

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19th century Holmegaard snaps flaske
« on: November 24, 2008, 08:24:31 AM »
I have this flask/decanter that I got last night. I think it's  holmegaard , I saw one on a web site out there that said 19th century. I can't find much else about this on teh web. I am thinking I probably have incorrect search terms. Can anyone tell me about this little dude. I am not even sure what kind of animal it's meant to be.

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg172/thefiresidecat/nov%2023/P1030247-1.jpg
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Re: 19th century Holmegaard snaps flaske
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 09:19:34 AM »
It's a snapsehund or fyldehund. They're supposed to be dogs, but in English they seem to get collared (pun intended) under the term 'gin pig', because there are forms available in the shape of pigs.

However, Holmegaard fyldehund had realistic feet, like so: http://www.zeitgeist-i.com/G-Dk-0033.html

The 'sleigh' feet seems primarily to point towards Swedish production, although some Danish glassworks did (and do) use this style of finishing. Wherever it hails from, I suspect yours is of fairly modern production (post-1960s).

You may find this thread useful: http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,16288.msg95878.html#msg95878

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Re: 19th century Holmegaard snaps flaske
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 10:00:22 AM »
http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php?topic=4738.0

it looks like you had/have one absolutely identical to mine.   In the other thread it looks like you were saying you thought it was 20's or 30's? What looks different to you about mine from yours? Not saying it's not, I just wonder what you're seeing that I am missing. :)

FWIW, the cork in this is ancient looking adn it has a two way prong that has come out from the cork and is somewhat rusty looking

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Re: 19th century Holmegaard snaps flaske
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 10:20:13 AM »
It may just be the lighting on your photograph, but the glass looks very white and clean - at odds with the antique proportions of the form. Older (c.1880) examples with this kind of 'disfigured' look are typically much more grey.

Whilst my Swedish one is similar to yours, it's not the same - look at the proportions of the snout, ears and the length of the body. Mine is much more aesthetically-pleasing, and the glass isn't terribly bright, which leads me to believe it's a slightly later example, but not modern.

Yours, from your photographs, seems to be a recent(ish) emulation of an antique fyldehund.

I wouldn't put too much stock in the stopper - these are fairly common and easily replaceable. Early ones tend to have a coarse handmade look, whereas the ones in our two decanters seem prevalent from the 1960s (or possibly earlier) up to present day.

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Re: 19th century Holmegaard snaps flaske
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 11:29:36 AM »

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