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« on: September 26, 2005, 09:49:02 AM »
Went to an auction this past weekend and managed to snag quite a few great items. More on that on the glass board later. But imagine my surprise to find a paperweight made by Kerry Glass in Ireland. Thought I would share it with all of you. I think its really nice. Terry
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/Muscadale/TKerryglassweight.jpg


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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2005, 11:55:21 AM »
Nice find, Terry! :D  I wonder exactly when it 'emigrated'?    :shock:

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2005, 07:33:48 PM »
Hi

I love that paperweight - so colourful - they did make some dense green and blue ones - this is one of the less colourful ones I own - note the map of Ireland foil label changed from the IOW style label on the bottle vase also shown

http://publish.hometown.aol.co.uk/blackcatgla/images/kerry%20paperweight%20copy.jpg

On both items shown, there is 'flame shaped' gather of glass pontil to base - same as IOW but reversed

This onion shaped 6" solifluer is nice, see the identical IOW triangular sticker c1070s early 80s - I sold its sister on eBay a year ago for about £100.00

http://publish.hometown.aol.co.uk/blackcatgla/images/bott%20copy.jpg

I think the vase shows the IOW connection most clearly with both the label and the pontil, but the paperweight has a flame pontil as well

I know a little, anyone know the full story behind IOW and Kerry glass - early shapes seem to be identical

Terry, I notice your paperweight has a very different label - perhaps for the USA market, has it the flame pontil?

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2005, 07:47:31 AM »
Actually the weight has two stickers. The one you see is just a large G with guaranteed Irish on it. On the other side is the same sticker as shown on your weight. Yes it does have the flame pontil. I also have a Kerry Glass vase in blue and green, flame pontil but the sticker is just gold with Kerry Glass Handmade Kilarney Ireland and the flame symbol. I have to admit you have me lost somewhat in your reference to IOW. Would you please explain, thanks Terry


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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2005, 07:11:58 PM »
IOW used the flame logo in the earlier period.

(http://www.ysartglass.com/Otherglass/Images/IOWglasslogo.jpg)

Can someone post the Irish one?
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2005, 10:39:25 PM »
The Kerry Glass label shown in Adam's second link has same "flame" logo as the IOW one, but the stamp on the base of the vase, as also shown in Adam's link, is a mirror image. That's interesting.

I had forgotten all about Kerry Glass after first seeing three paperweights decorating a window ledge in a Cornish bed & breakfast establishment around 1999. And then I was reminded about the company when I got a copy of Ivo's glass fact file a-z. Soon after, I forgot about them again as I have not (until now) seen any paperweights, or vases, by Kerry Glass.

There's no information about the company that I know of in the paperweight literature! Other than references for places to visit when in Kerry (Fossa), there seems to be no information articles on the Net, but I see that there are occasionally eBay listings for various pieces.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2005, 11:58:23 PM »
In searching the net this is a site I came up with. http://homepage.eircom.net/~kerrymusic/kerryglass/
And not to sound to ignorant, but I still do not know what you are referring to with the letters IOW. Some enlightenment please. Terry


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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2005, 12:02:15 AM »
Terry - I *think* they are referring to Isle of Wight.  :?

BTW - Nice find.  When I lived in Iowa all I ever found was corn and hogs  :wink:


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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2005, 12:52:12 AM »
Aha ...

Different bulletin board ... one on Isle of Wight Glass (yes, that's what we should should have said instead of just "IOW" - sorry, Terry) ... found this thread:
http://www.isleofwightstudioglass.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18&highlight=kerry

Also:
http://www.isleofwightstudioglass.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18&highlight=kerry

Thanks also to Terry for the link to "Kerry Crafted Glass" which tells us that Kerry Glass closed "2 years ago". But isn't it frustrating when web pages give information like that but don't state the date that the info was written  :!:

So, Kerry Glass was connected to Isle Of Wight (IOW) glass in the early 80s and used the same logo (and similar labelling). And IOW also had another connected outlet via Isle Of Man glass - that's something new to me, too. And it seems that the current IOW people don't know that Kerry Glass closed "2 years ago" (whenever that was).
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2005, 06:40:23 AM »
Thanks KevH. Well this has been a learning experience. If I got all the info correct it goes something like this. Michael Harris created Mdina glass, went on to create IOW (see learning) then set up Kerry Glass which closed but we don't know when. That all lead to Jonathan Harris, son of Michael who set up his own studio in England leaving Mom and brother Tim to run IOW. My goodness it sure can get complicated.
Connie don't worry we still have plenty of corn and hogs, but as Peter (Paradisetrader) once told me, "You live in a glass goldmine." And in a way he is right and I have the house full to prove it. Terry

 

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