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Offline wolkenreb

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Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« on: June 03, 2011, 08:25:21 PM »
Hi.  I picked this item up recently because I thought it was unusual.  The bowl and lid form a perfect sphere(except for flattened top and bottom).  The outer glass is shiny and the inner is frosted with an indented design.  The glass is about half an inch thick, so it's very heavy.  I don't think it's old but just wondered what on earth it is.  Seems too heavy to be a trinket dish, and is big enough to make it difficult to lift the lid off with one hand.  Just curious to see if anyone knows what it is?  Many thanks.
Nancy


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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 12:26:10 PM »
Hi and welcome to the board  :rah:
there are many members who don't always visit everyday, so if you can wait awhile I'm sure someone will be along who may have some insight into what looks to be a gorgeous piece of heavy glass  :sun:
Personally I'd use it as a sculpture and light it accordingly :) but I'm afraid I can't help at the mo with any further info.
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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 12:28:18 PM »
Welcome to the board. Don't give up yet, not everyone visits the board everyday.

It is hard to see any detail in your photograph, maybe another photo of the top with the design on it would be useful.
How big is it and how is the base finished?

John



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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011, 01:28:29 PM »
 :hi: Welcome!

It's possibly for talcum powder and a powder puff.......
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2011, 01:46:49 PM »
Thank you all for the welcome and your ideas.  I will try to load more photos but found that I had to drastically reduce the quality to get it to an acceptable size, so any tips re reducing size would be great.

Re powder holder -- I did think of that but the top and bottom weight over 600g apiece, so a bit unweildy.  Also, the diameter is just over 5" so again not too easy to lift with one dainty little hand.

When I came upon this piece it was being displayed as two separate bowls, as both top and bottom have flat circles (but in same finish as the rest as the outside).  I will try to get more photos up.

I notice you paraphrasing Leonard Cohen Sue -- a fan?

Nancy
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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011, 02:03:55 PM »
Here a couple more images so that you can see the pattern more clearly.  One of the outside and the other of the inside.
Nancy


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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011, 02:23:06 PM »
 :24:

 :-[ I saw the quote on a greetings card - I didn't know it was Leonard Cohen, but as I'm a huge fan - have been since the early '70s, of both his music and his literature, so I'm not surprised a quote, however misplaced or nicked, might have appealed to me!

An old powder puff thingy might well have been very heavy - the talc would have been puffed about "all over" (paraphrasing 'enery cooper?) the body after bathing - and a very heavy thingy would mean it would be hard to tip over. It would simply sit on the dressing table.
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2011, 02:32:30 PM »
The best way for photos is to resize a high-res photo so that the maximum dimension is 700 pixels; that way you get a good size without loss of resolution. You have 125kb per photo, not per post.


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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 10:24:23 PM »
Might be worth bouncing it off the Scottish glass society as it might be one of their members,
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Re: Heavy spherical bowl & lid - anyone know what it is?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 10:46:31 PM »
That sounds like a good idea.  Thanks Frank.

Nancy
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