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Offline glasslover76

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Hello,
I am new to this forum, and want to thank you in advance for your time.  I have a glass mushroom paperweight which I have been trying to research and have had no luck.  It was suggested to me on another forum that this may have been made from left over glass (it is not marked on bottom), however, I have come across at least one other mushroom like this one and it too was unmarked.  I wouldn't think that this would be the case if it was just a randomly thrown together piece, but I certainly could be wrong. 

I have attached photos, it is ground flat on bottom, stands 3-1/2 inches tall (approx), has three "flowers" inside the cap of the mushroom and each is centered with a bubble, the stems of these flowers run down the base of the mushroom. 

Any help is so much appreciated.
Thanks!


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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012, 09:03:56 PM »
Hi, welcome to the Board.

Unlikely to have been made from "leftover glass". There are lots of glass mushrooms around from many makers. Frit flowers with a stem formed by pushing a thin tool down through the middle is a feature well known in items from several places, typically including USA, Bohemia (pre Czech republic), Czech republic and India.

I don't know for sure, but your example looks to me to be more modern than older. Hopefully somebody will be able to be more specific than I can.
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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 01:56:15 AM »
Thanks for the welcome & info! I'm trying to research"frit flowers" but not having much luck, when you say newer do you mean present day?
Thanks again!


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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 06:27:08 AM »
Any time in the last 40 years or so. My wild guess would be Avondale


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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 09:14:42 AM »
Hi, and welcome......what a pretty mushroom. 
I'm not too sure of the Avondale Glass attribution but they are a very frienly and helpful small glassblowing company, and their email address is : info AT avondaleglass DOT f9 DOT co DOT uk  [address anti-spammed]

I'm sure if you showed them a picture of your lovely mushroom,  thee would bw able to confirm if it was one of theirs......if it isn't, they might even know who did make it,  so well worth sending a brief message and picture to them.

I have seen these before and will carry on searching for you.
Rosie.

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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 10:18:43 AM »
What I'm trying to work out is;-

Looking at the centre part of the flowery bits, are there rainbowy sparkly bits on top of the petals, but inside the glass - under the casing?
(stannous chloride lustre)
If there are, it reminds me a little bit of a Mtarfa pwt that Christine owns.
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 10:47:47 AM »
I'm not sure a "wild guess" is an attribution, more of a starting point.

The "flowers" are also called icepick flowers

And the Mtarfa thought had crossed my mind and fallen out again
http://lustrousstone.co.uk/cpg/displayimage.php?pid=1024
http://lustrousstone.co.uk/cpg/displayimage.php?pid=1023


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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 10:50:58 AM »
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I should have made it clearer that I was making a wild guess at a suggestion for a starting point, yes.
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 11:41:23 AM »
Wow, thank you all for responding and being so helpful! What a nice forum, I'm glad I decided to join :)
Yes, there are sparkles under th casing, but they are not rainbow, but gold?
Thanks again for helping me...and my research goes on...:)


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Re: Glass mushroom paperweight, 3-1/2 inch, help with age and maker
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 11:53:33 AM »
It can sometimes take years to reach an id, sometimes just minutes - but we don't tend to give up.  ;D
Welcome!
Cheers, Sue (M)

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