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Offline mrs vulture

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Glass wheelbarrows
« on: March 19, 2009, 07:30:25 PM »
Hello again,    Can anyone tell me the make of these pale amber wheelbarrows. I thought they were common items but I can't find any info. They are 5 inches long. Thanks Cheryl.


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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 04:16:58 AM »
If it's the same one as H&J 3733, in 5,000 Open Salts, then all it has to say is 'Figural wheelbarrow salt, may be foreign, circa 1893, 4 1/2" long'.  Not really very informative, is it?  It's in the black and white photos section, so there's no colour indication. 

A blue version is shown in OSC (p. 262, plate 795) and is identified as being by Greener & Co., England, and is described as  '[w]heelbarrow . . . with gadroon pattern, c. 1893, 2" h x 4.75 w, rare, $90-125'.  A bit more detail to help one track it down, but unfortunately no mention again of the colours it was produced in.



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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009, 09:05:31 AM »
Cheryl β€”Jenny Thompson provides:
  • Greener & Co., Sunderland.   Wheelbarrow salt cellar / ornament, Rd. No. 218710 of 20 September 1893.   She also illustrates the registered design drawing and a photograph of a flint example.

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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2009, 09:47:15 AM »
Lea can you decode the references for us Europeans please. I know you North Americans love your book acronyms  ;D


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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2009, 03:09:17 PM »
Whoops!  I'm usually writing on a salt board and there's only a handful of references to remember.  Mea culpa!

The bible is still, for all its errors and omissions, H&J, i.e. Heacock & Johnson's 5,000 Open Salts; however, there has been the addition recently of a most sumptuous volume by Jzyk & Robertson, which is called The Open Salt Compendium, i.e. OSC. 

It's the kind of book where you need to wear a bib while perusing, unless you want the pages to get all sticky and wet.  The photography is excellent, the items featured splendiferous, with a large component of art glass and European salts.  In fact, my main complaint would be that most of the salts are way beyond my budget! :)  But it's a book to dream with.  H&J (I promise I won't use abbreviations in other posts from now on.) still has the most complete cataloguing of all the commoner and cheaper salts, the ones that I might actually manage to collect.

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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009, 07:07:13 PM »
Thank you  :)

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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2009, 06:58:33 AM »
Cheryl, Lea & Christine β€” Here's my list of antique English pressed "wheels":
  • Burtles Tate Motor Car
  • Davidson wheeled boat
  • Greener chariot
  • Greener wheelbarrow (2? sizes)
  • Heppel coal truck (2 sizes)
  • ??? small coal truck (I don't think that it is possible to be certain which of the two small coal trucks is the Heppel version, although both could be.)

Have I missed any?

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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2009, 08:18:38 AM »
Looks like this could be the start of yet another collection for me!!     ;D     cheryl

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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2009, 12:29:15 PM »
Bernard, you have inspired me to add to the 'wheeled' photo gallery, albeit, these are American.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/2545721621_eb7089c776_o.jpg

The maker is unknown on the big one.  The little one was made by Adams & Co., and is known in blue, clear, frosted clear, amber and canary/vaseline.  (I have the little ones in amber and vaseline).

measurements: 
Big wheelbarrow:
height 3 inches (9 cm)
width 5 5/8" (14.3 cm)
length (from front edge of wheel to back of handle): 9 1/2" (24.4 cm)

Adams little wheelbarrow:
height: 1 7/8"  (4.7 cm)
width: 2" (5 cm)
length (wheel to handle): 4" (10.2 cm)

wheels on both are pewter

The little one also came in a size comparable to the big one, but so far, has only been found in clear.

The last time I saw any of the little versions sold was at a Green Valley auction.  A blue and clear were sold as a pair and they went for (I think) about $250 US for the pair.  The blue version in that sale is the only one I have seen in that color.  I have seen 2 or 3 amber versions and maybe 5 or 6 clear versions.  They really are tough to find.

I only have heard of a total (among other collectors who have said they have one) of 3 vaseline glass versions on the little ones.  Mine is the only one that has surfaced on ebay (and that was 8 years ago) and it cost me $320. 

The large daisy and button wheelbarrow trades (in vaseline/canary) for $150-200.  Other colors a bit less. 

the style of the two feet, the pewter wheels, the undercarriage, etc, on both of them are strikingly similar.  IF the large one is ever found in a catalog, my guess it will also end up being made by Adams.  The one unusual feature about the daisy and button pattern is that the buttons have a daisy pattern on top of each button!

Dave Peterson
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Re: Glass wheelbarrows
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2009, 04:01:22 PM »
Quote from: mrvaselineglass
...   IF the large one is ever found in a catalog, my guess it will also end up being made by Adams.   ...

Dave β€” I see what you mean β€” same designer and mouldmaker.

... and wheels that go round is rather innovative, don't you think?   Is nothing sacred!   Whatever next β€” Andy Pandy and The Flowerpot Men without strings?   No, it could never happen.

Bernard C.  8)
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