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Offline albglass

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Who made this opalescent pattern?
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:27:14 AM »
I could have sworn I've seen this opalescent pattern before, but I just can't figure out where.  The compote is vaseline/uranium glass, with a light iridescent surface.  The pattern was given a made-up name in Carwile's Standard Encyclopedia of Opalescent Glass, and the author could only guess that it was English.

Does anyone recognize the maker?  Thanks much!


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Re: Who made this opalescent pattern?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2012, 05:27:10 AM »
I don't recognise the exact pattern, but the overall piece looks very Walsh Walsh to me. Hopefully someone with more knowledge in this area can add more...


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Re: Who made this opalescent pattern?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2012, 06:31:54 AM »
Cathy Yes, Steven is right.   John Walsh Walsh.

The pattern, probably not named, is similar to and probably contemporary with two Walsh registered designs of February 23 and June 8 1905.

Can I see a slight crackle effect on the inner surface where it was stretched as the upper part of the vase was flared?   If so then it is an example of canary (uranium yellow) opalescent mother of pearl, not often seen.    The ultra thin inner layer was an initial tiny gather of white opal, probably a lampshade glass, and it seems to have had a slightly lower melting point, so was solidifying as the shape was being formed.

Nice find.   Well done.

Bernard C.  8)
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Re: Who made this opalescent pattern?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2012, 05:48:26 PM »
Thanks, Bernard!  There is a fine crackle effect on this piece (photo attached), but I thought it was because of the iridescence being stretched.  I've never seen a canary opalescent mother of pearl piece to compare this to, so I don't know if it's this decor or not.  There is a slight opaqueness that is consistent throughout the entire bowl.  That makes it different enough from another JWW compote that I have (attached) that I couldn't assume an attribution.  That one also has a crackle effect, wider at the center and finer towards the rim.  That compote is transparent at the center (except for the opalescent stripes), becoming slightly opaque on the upper 2/3 of the compote.  Regardless,  the two compotes look great together--different shapes and patterns, yet both canary opalescent.


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Re: Who made this opalescent pattern?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 07:06:39 PM »
Cathy Lovely.   Your second piece is the February 23 1905 design, Registered No. 450823.   It seems to have the thin inner white opal layer of mother of pearl, but is missing the iridescence.   It's the first time I have knowingly seen that combination!

I noticed how you spelled "center".   Are you in the US?   Much of Walsh's best output at this time was directed at the US market.   Some of Eric Reynolds' finest pieces have come from the US.

Bernard C.  8)

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Re: Who made this opalescent pattern?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2012, 08:55:48 PM »
Oh, no, I'm afraid it's the normal manufacture for this pattern.  There is definitely a light iridescence; it's just that way it was lighted that the camera didn't pick it up.  I haven't figured out the best way to photograph difficult pieces of glass yet, and the iridescence is very light.  You can see it better against a black background (attached), and for some reason the camera really picked it up on the foot, even though it also has a very light iridescence.

Yes, I am from the US.  I can't seem to figure out how to email anyone, even though my profile appears to allow it.  I'm pretty sure I don't have any other JWW pieces except that I have an exceptional engraved vase with flowers and leaves engraved over regularly spaced bulges that I've always been suspicious was a JWW piece.  It was put on the glass message board a long time ago, but since it's probably a one-of-a-kind piece, I'll never know who really made it.

Thanks again, Bernard.  I didn't realize that JWW was marketing their early glass to the U.S.  I'll have to start looking hard for additional examples here!   ;)


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Re: Who made this opalescent pattern?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012, 03:53:43 AM »
...   If so then it is an example of canary (uranium yellow) opalescent mother of pearl, not often seen.   ...

Correction both examples of Walsh canary opalescent in Gulliver are clearly canary opalescent mother of pearl, so it seems to be the standard.   My "not often seen" is quite wrong!

Profuse apologies for that error.    ;D

Bernard C.  8)
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