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Author Topic: Would anyone know if this is a finger bowl?? Red Mould blown?  (Read 191 times)

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Offline LEGSY

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Would anyone know if this is a finger bowl?? Red Mould blown?
« on: February 09, 2017, 08:47:06 PM »
Looks like it may have been mould blown into a four piece mould the base has a star which is has a slight indentation likely where it was blown?
The base has plenty of wear im guessing a finger bowl. It is 4.5" wide x 3.5" tall a similar size to your average mid 19th finger bowl or am I climing up the wrong tree.Thankyou for looking at it. Nearly forgot its heavy too.

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Offline Paul S.

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Re: Would anyone know if this is a finger bowl?? Red Mould blown?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2017, 10:30:03 PM »
even after a lot of deliberating it's likely that you are only going to be able to say yes, possibly.

Red is a fairly common colour for finger bowls and some rinsers, but those with an impressed pattern will almost certainly be post 1920 which was when selenium and copper started being used, I don't every recall seeing an impressed patterned red finger bowl  -  the odd green one, but all the other colours I had were simply unpatterned and smooth.          Clear glass examples were often cut, and Walsh still included these things up until c. 1950, which surprised me - I thought they'd died out by the first war period.   
Apparently gold was needed to produce red glass prior to c. 1920, and pressed red Victorian glass is almost certainly not.           

I take it the pattern is definitely mould impressed rather than cut?            If it had a foot then we might have said a sugar, but it hasn't.

Let's see what others think.

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Re: Would anyone know if this is a finger bowl?? Red Mould blown?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2017, 04:28:37 PM »
Hi Thanks again for your kind comment im 99% sure they are faint mould lines but they are only noticeable from the base upto the top of the cut decoration, Im thinking that they have smoothed them off and maybe even worked the decoration to give it more of a handmade look although im unsure to what degree this practice takes place or whether they would bother on such a thing. Thanks

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