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Isle Of Wight Glass, Signed and Unusual Label

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BJB:
I had  a really good day today, and also bought this lovely Isle of Wight paperweight which is signed "Michael Harris Isle Of Wight" on the base.

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and this funny looking brick thing with a small hole in the top

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And this funny printed label on the base. It reads Handmade Isle Of Wight England

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Is this an early label or another glass factory which copied the colours of Michael Harris?

chopin-liszt:
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Well done Barbara!!! These both have early labels! Normally both labels would be on each of the pieces, but you've managed to get one of each kind.

BJB:
Oh I am so pleased, I knew that the paperweight was OK, but I haven't seen the other label before.

What would the little brick thing be used for? A pen holder? It wouldn't hold a flower, so I don't suppose it would be a flower brick as it would only hold one. Then again it would suit my other half, one tiny flower :(

Barbara

chopin-liszt:
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They did make things called flower bricks, but I don't know what they look like! Perhaps Mark Hill might come along and tell us, he knows more about this sort of thing than I do - (I'm more into bottles, bowls and vases). Perhaps it would hold a single precious orchid???

David555:
Hi

Both 1973 - 1979 no later

There is a good pic of both your labels on one piece in the book 'J Miller guide 2004 pp274'

The yellow and white weight is when they were experimenting with colour; everyone associates them with iridized glass called ‘Azurene’ which came in the 1980s and is perversely more collectable

Tiger gives a good attribution from a book, I can see yours also has a rim around the base and it is indeed called a 'Seaward' pedestal paperweight - I take it yours is not signed by Harris (?) - the paperweight should have a pontil on the base with an impressed 'flame' mark called the 'gather of glass flame' mark - if not don't worry its still IOW

Here is a weight from same period in orange with bubbles and a single twist of silver foil in the middle - it is almost non-sellable at the moment, your one having the paper label and attribution would make it more desirable



I love the oblong weight / block, it’s an 'Aurene' block or sculptural piece c1975 - 76 - those browns and whites with ....I think a slight opalescence or iridescence in the inner decoration?

Here is an Aurene Vase of same period - notice the label (they used two types one with and one without 'England') - Your Aurene block is the more desirable and a IOW collector would pay over £40+ for this, there is no proof I can see that they were candle holders, I have had some without holes, the surface is always rough though



The round yellow paperweight would not have had the 'Hand Made Isle of Wight England' label on it; this was for sculptural items and vases

The block would probably have had the paper 'flame' logo label as well as the existing label as it did not have a pressed pontil mark - but it does not detract

Nice finds

BTW - yes there are / were other glass makers on the island

Alum Bay
Lucas - Touch of Glass (now closed)

Any I forgot?

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