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Author Topic: Stunning Engraved Box  (Read 1532 times)

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Offline dinklepip

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Stunning Engraved Box
« on: August 06, 2012, 01:45:12 PM »
Nearly didn't go to the car boot at the weekend but I am so glad I did as I picked up this stunning crystal box.  The only thing I could find out about it was that the lady doing the car boot was clearing our her mother in law's house due to her passing.  It rings Bohemian to me, lovely amethyst colour and I am loving the design. Has a little damage but I fell in love with it.  BTW it only cost me 1

Any ideas anyone please

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 01:51:46 PM »
It's very pretty. It's not etched; it's engraved. Is the box cut to shape or pressed/moulded? And is it really lead crystal?

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 02:02:23 PM »
I would agree - definitely wheel engraved, and very attractive.          Look at the lips of the lid and base - have they been ground/polished giving a square finish, or are they smooth and rounded in profile.

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 02:11:25 PM »
sorry I meant engraved durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  Here are more images

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2012, 04:40:14 PM »
Believe lead oxide is added to not only to help refract the light on cut glass, but also apparently to make the cutting easier - in the U.K. the percentage to qualify for full lead crystal used to be 33% I think, although some Continental factories drop this to 24%.    If full lead crystal then the weight of a piece should seem heavy for its size - if soda glass then noticably lighter - try supporting the base section on three finger tips and then flicking.         An increase in the lead content should give  a slightly darker grey/slightly bluish tint.           At 100%, it becomes opaque ;)
Obviously with eight sides this shape has been produced in a mould, and if you look at the sides, and possibly the bottom, this fact should be apparent i.e. no grinding/polishing marks to be seen on the flat areas (if the opposite is true, then possibly the mould was leaving surface marks).           The lips were ground/polished/bevelled to remove any irregularity after removal from the mould.
On the screen I'm seeing a colour which reminds me of Dartington 'Midnight' - rather than amethyst, is this just me?  -  I wonder if there is any sun-purpling.
Anyway, it's very attractive -  although none of this helps you with an attribution, origin or date.

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 05:40:05 PM »
still no ideas on origin please ???

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012, 05:41:23 PM »
Give us time.  :-* What size is it please?

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2012, 06:42:12 PM »
sorry hon, am I being impatient again lol, 4" high, 6" wide and it's flippin gorgeous lol

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012, 03:03:38 AM »
It sure is! And something's niggling in the back of my mind that I've seen something similar somewhere too... just wish I could recall where! :)

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Re: Stunning Etched Box
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2012, 10:39:03 AM »
ditto that Anne, extremely annoying when the ole brain won't work lol

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