Lustrous-- Thank you.
FLYING--thanks again. I, impatiently, wait for the delivery of Truitt.
This is probably not the proper thread to ask this question but I cannot resist:
I am conFUSSed(no surprise there). Assuming a pre-1895 Moser piece of colored glass. Where did the colouration come from? The sandwich process?
Example: the gilt rim of Mr. Root Beer is 1/4 inch/ apprx 6mm wide. Does the width signal the ''sandwich'' process? If so that would explain his heft. I attached a photo of its rim--for the first time in the multiple times I have peered into the vase, I see a regular pattern of slight protuberances ''inside'' the gilt rim.
Puzzle: the vase portion is 20''. Was the body assembled from various ''pieces''=and account for the regular pattern of protuberances/joinery? If not, then is the blank the result of one mighty big blow.
I have now reread Baldwin three times in three nights: I'm a slow learner/ need to pound information into my noggin. Like the mechanical man who wears Leiderhosen and pounds his metal hammer on the hour as part of a glockenspiel. I am fascinated by glass. World history has always been an interest but I never considered its effect, say, on the craft of glass.
From what I have gleaned from Baldwin: (1) Mr. Root Beer should be Moser since it has labels and gilt numerals(for the decorator) and the design is consistent with what I believe is the time of its purchase--but the glass(if c. 1889 is correct) would have been made by another glassworks since Moser made no glass of his own until 1895+.
If only I spoke German so I could pronounce/retain the district and town names. Alas, I do not. The grandparents were multilingual but I studied math instead.
Add to that: I have 6 goblets which--now that I'm a ''72 hour old expert'' on artistry glass-- I can describe as-- they MAY be Italian clear blanks decorated (with the family crest) by Moser-- or not. They are light in weight and the enamel is matte(two of Baldwin's markers) with bright gilt surrounds and motto--but those markers are not, necessarily, definitive proof.
There is such a wealth of information on the site that my answer likely resides here which makes this post redundant but the initial excitement which has grabbed ahold of me has turned into a quest. I am convinced that whatever I thought I knew may be rubbish. On the bright side, I can learn.
Added for fun: One 14'' Moser piece(it's in a family photo --1885-1895-- so I'm certain of its approximate date) is broken beyond anything other than a shelf piece. Turquoise, frilly edged, with numerals 8402, gilt bees[different type from the insects of the Root Beer]and lovely colored fruit.
I'm in California and, last month, sought, online, someone to restore the piece. I've taken it apart and cleaned the margins but stopped there. I found a man who does glass restoration in Los Angeles. His name is Goldberg. I telephoned his office and listened to his phone message. A heavy, guttural, older, accented (as if English was not his first language) voice. I have not yet spoken with him.
When I first read the factory name GOLDBERG (Novy Bor) my eyes widened: would it not be wild! if the restoration man is distantly related to the Bohemian factory.
Many thanks to all for your repeated kindnesses.