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Author Topic: Are paperweight collectors a new species?  (Read 2865 times)

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Offline KevinH

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Re: Are paperweight collectors a new species?
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2012, 07:45:38 PM »
This thread has developed into an interesting discussion.

However, all I can add is:

1) "Kevin and Angela's most excellent Ysart website" refers to my article [edited by Angela Bowey] Identifying Paul Ysart Paperweights within Angela's glassmuseum website: If my memory is correct, the article was published in 2000.

2) I did, indeed, use the term "Reddish Green" in the section for Ultraviolet Light Tests. See the article details for full context. It was the best description that I and Terry Johnson agreed on when viewing the fluorescence of the those particular items. It was intended not as a description of a specific colour in its own right but as an indication of what we saw under the conditions of the testing.

3) The "Reddish Green" that we noted may have been caused by a mixture of green and red in proportions that looked to us to be "green with a definite hint of red". If that was true, I have no idea why there should have been a mix of two fluorescent colours visible. But the colour we saw was not a plain green, although it was a darker rather than lighter shade, and it was certainly not an obvious red.

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Re: Are paperweight collectors a new species?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2012, 12:16:12 AM »
Thanks Kevin,

(Apologies for the delay in replying - been a bit busy.)

That's interesting. The whole colour naming thing raises another issue with the identification of paperweights.  A simple colour-name doesn't give as much detail as it might.  For example, the colour name 'yellow' could be generated by a 'pure' (spectral) yellow or by a mix of red and green (if adding colours).  Doesn't make much difference to how beautiful a paperweight looks - but it could be a clue to identification.  That is, not all yellow glasses need be the same - even if they look it.  Should be possible to measure those differences scientifically though.  Something for my retirement I think....



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