We went to Cambridge the day before the glass fair to stay with friends, and wandering around a charity shop I spotted this rare (yes, I think I am really justified in using the 'R' word this time
) Whitefriars vase.
It is from the experimental range designed by Baxter in 1961 to use up the white enamel from thermometer tubes on blue or red glass. This proved difficult, due to incompatibility of the enamel and the glass, and the range was quickly discontinued. The vase I found is an uncatalogued shape, but it can be seen in the photo of Baxter with this range which is in the Lesley Jackson WF book on page 87.
When we found the vase we thought it had water damage, but on washing it I found it was only dust! However, it does have a small (about 1cm) internal annealing fracture - a symptom of the incompatibility of the two materials, and one reason the range was abandoned - and a couple of tiny burst bubbles on the surface, which have obviously been there since it was made.
I don't collect this sort of WF so I shall be 'moving it on', but my question is this: should I get the burst bubbles polished out, or should I let anyone who buys the vase decide whether they want to have it done or not? I know nothing can be done about the annealing fracture, but this is something which I personally wouldn't be too worried about as I feel it's intrinsic to the 'history' of this vase, and indeed to the experimental nature of the range, although I know it would put some collectors off. However, if it were me I would leave the bubbles since they have been there from when it was made. But I would love to know what do other glass collectors think? To polish, or not to polish? Do it before sale, or point it out and leave the decision to the buyer?
Help and advice most welcome, please.