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Offline LotsaStuff

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Is this Toso?
« on: November 14, 2011, 09:36:06 PM »
This paperweight was consigned to me without a tag. In the box with it was a piece of paper that said "Saint Louis Paperweight" written in old handwriting. I've been doing quite a bit of research, and the style doesn't match anything by Saint Louis. It does, however, match some of the known examples of Toso. The orange flowers with the yellow centers, in particular. Any ideas?

******* Update******

I just got ahold of the lady that consigned it- her mother is from St. Louis. The scrap of paper didn't mean anything apparently.

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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 02:43:48 AM »
I have a picture of one like it that has the Toso FT label. The picture is not mine, so I can't post it. The one in my pictures has denser filaments, but is otherwise just about the same. I emailed the pictures to you so you can compare.
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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2011, 02:51:48 AM »
I have to change what I thought after looking more carefully at your pwt and the picture. Your flowers do not have stems. Do you think that yours may be a copy of the Toso design?
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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2011, 03:38:39 AM »
I found a picture of one that looks just like this one on google images, with the label intact. The flowers didnt have stems either. I emailed pics of mine to a glass appraiser this afternoon, and he replied that he believes it to be original. I only paid for an ID, not an appraisal. Any idea what things like this are worth?

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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2011, 03:40:58 AM »
To futher confuse me, here is a picture of one I found on ebay that has the same, stemless flowers.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Venetian-Murano-glass-Fratelli-Toso-Paperweight-signed-/190391956192?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c543eb2e0

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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2011, 03:58:11 AM »
Lotsastuff, the pwt is not worth much, I'm sorry to say. I'm glad you found all the other pictures. I have one pwt that has daisies similar to yours, but it is a millefiori pwt. I think there is a good chance that yours is FT. They often made pwts that were similar to each other, but slightly different. How large is your pwt? The more complex ones look to be the type that are around 3" (7.6 cm) in diameter.
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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2011, 04:04:02 AM »
I would say it's roughly 3" give or take. The ones I've found on ebay are priced $200 - $900. Of course, the owner of this item has seen this fact and is insisting on at least $250. I'll do as she asks, although it will likely sit around for a looooong time. Thanks again!

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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2011, 04:07:10 AM »
The price on the one on eBay gave me a good laugh. To tell the truth, if I had a pwt like yours in my store, I would feel lucky if someone paid me $40 for it. This is not speaking badly of it. It is just a tough FT pwt market out there right now. Other people may differ in their opinion, so it would be good to hear what others have to say.
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Re: Is this Toso?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2011, 06:08:48 AM »
I would say it's roughly 3" give or take. The ones I've found on ebay are priced $200 - $900. Of course, the owner of this item has seen this fact and is insisting on at least $250. I'll do as she asks, although it will likely sit around for a looooong time. Thanks again!

I think she is being greedy there!  :o :thud:



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