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Author Topic: Engraved/etched ZBS/Klinger pieces - why?  (Read 68 times)

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Offline Niya

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Engraved/etched ZBS/Klinger pieces - why?
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:11:56 PM »
Hi everyone,

Niya here, nice to meet you :)
I'm new to this forum (though I've lurked for a while) and I've got a question (and I hope some of you might provide an answer).

While trawling ebay, I've noticed a number of engraved - or possibly etched, not sure on the technique - pieces (in particular - vases), commonly attributed to ZBS/Klinger. The engravings vary, and I've seen a number of flowers, birds, deers and even ships, such as in this - already finished - listing: http://www.ebay.de/itm/192134366953?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

There seems to be no rhyme or reason why some of these ZBS/Klinger pieces are engraved while others (most of them actually) are not. Does anyone have an answer?

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Re: Engraved/etched ZBS/Klinger pieces - why?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 04:46:20 PM »
Welcome to the forum Niya.

One possibility is the items that were chosen for engraving had some production problem, the engraving helping to hide this and make the item more saleable. There must be other possibilities though!

John

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Re: Engraved/etched ZBS/Klinger pieces - why?
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 09:11:58 AM »
Thank you John - for welcoming me to the forum and for your reply :)

I hadn't thought about that, but it does indeed seem logical that the engravings might have been put to hide some production problem. However, I've only noticed them on ZBS/Klinger pieces, so now I'm wondering what they did in Skrdlovice and the other production sites in such cases ???

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Re: Engraved/etched ZBS/Klinger pieces - why?
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 01:22:36 PM »
Other makers sold them as seconds, or broke them up for reuse as cullet, or just ignored the faults and sold them anyway. Quality control varies from place to place.

It may also have been someone else buying ZBS pieces to engrave onto. A master engraver who lived not far from me used to do this - he would buy in blanks from various places, so I see his work on handmade pieces made by Waterford Crystal and on machine made French and Italian, and even Chinese, glassware.

Welcome to the board too, Niya. 😀

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Re: Engraved/etched ZBS/Klinger pieces - why?
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 03:25:37 PM »
They may have been a special order for a retailer or wholesaler, who knows

 

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