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Author Topic: i.d. on uranium vase lettering.  (Read 507 times)

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Offline Paul S.

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i.d. on uranium vase lettering.
« on: April 29, 2009, 06:54:32 PM »
when new this must have been quite an exquisite piece - and glows like a trooper under the u.v. light.    Unfortunately, much of the gold has worn away, well I suppose it would after maybe a hundred years or more.   Has a definite continental look - makes me think Bohemian.  23 cms. tall and 8 cms. at the widest.    Inside is as smooth and shiny as the proverbial  -- but the exterior (apart from the base) appears acid etched, and the gold pattern seems familar but I don't know from where.  However, main reason for the post is that I am mystified by the gold lettering/number on the base.    The old upper case 'D' we can see, but what is the next character  -  is it a figure 4??                Thanks for looking, and grateful for any replies.     cheers            Paul S.

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Re: i.d. on uranium vase lettering.
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 07:29:59 PM »
hi Paul,
this semi-opaque uranium glass is named "chrysoprase" after the mineral. the colour was very popular in the 1840's. producers of "chrysoprase"glass were e.g. Harrach in Novı Svet / Bohemia and Schachtenbach-Hütte / Bavaria.
possibly one of the lucky owners of a copy of "bohemian glass" will be able to give some more detailed information.

edit:
forgot about the letter... i'd say A if it's a monogram.
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Re: i.d. on uranium vase lettering.
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 07:54:56 PM »
The inventor of Chrysoprase should not be omitted either - Baccarat! Is there a missing stopper? To me the monogram is DH...

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Re: i.d. on uranium vase lettering.
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2009, 08:08:12 PM »
Ivo, i was thinking about this kind of handwriting with the lower loop missing / worn off:
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Re: i.d. on uranium vase lettering.
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2009, 09:09:17 PM »
thanks very much to both Dirk and Ivo for yur replies.    Of course I shud have taken a pictue of the neck opening  -  but can assure you that the neck is not a 'stopper' type of opening  -  in fact it is almost a sort of small bulb vase type of opening.   Dirk has mentioned the Bohemian glass book, of which I have a copy, so I will go and now look for some ideas.     Might it be a possibility that during the C19, more afluent families cud have aforded to have their glassware gilded with a family monogram or initials??     your thoughs are much appreciated   thanks           Paul S.

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Re: i.d. on uranium vase lettering.
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 12:37:55 PM »
just looking for something else and came across this - the next letter on the base is I believe an A.
Probably the gilder/decorator of the vase?

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