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Offline susankin

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Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:42:46 PM »
I have a pair of  large yellow/amber colored crystal lidded apothecary jars.

They are a mix of yellow glass and clear glass with etched and incised bands.

The jars are about 18" tall and 6" wide at their widest part. One source said they might be Czech from the 30's or 40's.

I would love to know more about these pieces, and try to narrow down the possible maker. They are not signed.

Thanks for any help you can give!!!



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Re: Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2014, 07:00:36 PM »
Welcome to the forum.

My first thought would be they are from Italy but that is only an impression, I was going to say covered goblet but they are so big. We are probably going to ask you for more photos, so I will start with one of the underside of the base and another with a dark background to help show the decoration please.

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Re: Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014, 07:30:09 PM »
They don't look like apothecary jars to me - not very practical for an apothecary's needs.  :)
They would be easily knocked over and the lid is not that secure or a tight fit.

Are these not what are called "pokals"?

Welcome to the gmb, Susankin.  :)
More images, showing any markings and the base would be a big help.
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 12:01:53 AM »
Thanks so much for the replies!

Another term for these would be counter jars. They were placed on the counters at drug stores, often with candy for children. These are much nicer than the usual lidded compotes I have seen.

Since the site requires that I resize the photos till they are quite small and blurry, I posted photos on a Flickr board for you to look at. Those will be clearer.
There is no mark underneath at all, or anywhere else on the pieces.

Here is the board to see a better view of the details.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128890114@N06/

Thanks for any input! The only yellow/amber glass with clear pedestals I've seen were by Moser. But then I am not as familiar with glass as I would like to be.


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Re: Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2014, 05:43:21 AM »
These are indeed Pokals, general use showpieces.  They are not suitable for apothecary use as those would be made from dark glass to protect the  contents.  They would also have a more efficient foot print, i.e straight sides.


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Re: Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2014, 02:45:00 PM »
Susan's photos (re-sized and optimized) shown below.
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Re: Possibly Czech Apothecary Jars
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2014, 05:57:56 AM »
Thank you, Kevin, for posting those photos.

I have a couple of questions, these pokals are colored glass, but they are also cut and they ring like leaded glass. How was the color added?  It appears to be the color of the glass, not a surface coat. Does the coloring of the glass date them in any way? The etched and cut bands are clear.

I have two, and although they are very similar they are different, one thicker, one with a blunt point on top, the incised/cut decorations are different sizes and different distances apart, etc.



 

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