Some members of the board may recall my query some months ago
about the spiral decanter (the one that spirals the opposite way to all the other spiral glassware we've seen!) http://www.yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?&pos=-20
and Ivo suggested it may have been Italian in the absence of any marks being found on it.
Well, the mystery has finally been solved thanks to label glue! What? I hear you say, so let me explain... on the bottom of the decanter was a patch of dried up glue which I could never manage to wash off, and which I was loath to attack with a scraping device in case it damaged the glass. So I turned the splodge to the wall and forgot all about it until putting back the glassware after redecorating the lounge. The light caught the splodge and I saw letters... rushing to get the camera I managed to get a photo of the outine of part of the label design left by the glue, which has by now dried out enough to make it clearly visible. The label reads RAY... Made in T..., http://www.yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?&pos=-603
so in a flash of inspiration I googled for Rayware and label and up came a result on Trcia's Glass Bud Vases website here http://glassbudvases.co.uk/raywareclearlabel.htm
and the mystery is solved... my spiral decanter is Rayware Made in Turkey.
Thanks to Ivo for his original thoughts, to Tricia for her Bud Vase site and
for having a Rayware bud vase, but most of all to the label glue makers for having glue that wouldn't wash off and finally revealed the answer I couldn't find elsewhere.
Now, does anyone know anything about Rayware in Turkey...