Bought two pieces of what I think might be early Mdina from the same seller today. either that or this was in a batch of seconds which escaped !
First is a sidestripe vase - but really not well made. the button top is very misshapen - and it is not damaged - it is how it has been made. It is much shorter and more squat that a later one I have. There are various marks on the glass - from the making process I assume - both flattened sides have a series of circles - as if it has been flattened on to something as it was cooling - (which I am sure it was to shape it) There are also a series of "sun ray" marks - about 3 inches long - they are not sharp but again part of the making process I think. Also the "clear" glass of the sidestripe seems to have a distinct greenish cast - more marked that on the later one. At the neck - where the side stripe ends, there is a piece of clear glass at each side of the neck - where the stripe has not been removed properly. They look almost like "ears" but are not pulled.
Can anyone confirm if it is early - and approximate date period please? It is 14.5 cm ( 5 3/4 inches ) wide. 12.5 cm or 5 inches tall. Width varies - max 6 cm at the shoulders.
All in all a bit of an oddity which intrigued me! Have taken lots of photos so will load them all in several posts - sorry if I overload!