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Funnily enough my first thoughts were actually post war European and I asked Anik to have a look see if she thought it looked 'Czech'
The English sounding name then sent me off in a different direction.
The base ring wear is really heavy like you find on the early soft bottle glass dump weights.
When you say 'souvenirs' Christine and not that old are you thinking '70s or would they have been doing stuff like that earlier maybe 1950s which looks more in keeping with the style unless that just reflects the style of the immigrant Czech workers  who possibly made them.
Happy with the attribution of course just second half of the 20th century souvenir weights conjures up bright colours, bubbles and swirls.

I think the bluish green ones are the museum souvenirs. The museum has been there 30 years or so to my knowledge. I think it is the orangey ones that are older

I think what Pilkingtons says is true; they didn't make paperweights. Some were probably back door jobs and the others were made at the museum. What I don't know is who owned the museum initially, though I assume Pilkington because it used to be onsite. Now the museum is in the same place but the council owns it and the factory has moved over half a mile or so.

This is  ' ADA'      ::) !!
Best wishes

It is interesting to read about Pilkington and their foreign workers.  We had a similar situation here in Australia at the Philips Wallsend works - a suburb of Newcastle NSW.  Their output was lightshades.  However there are quite a range of pieces that are of very diverse styles with the sticker Leonora on them.  I show two below - one looks like a typical triangular Murano bowl, the other I thought was probably a Tapio Wirkilla design when I spotted it.  Both have labels.  I also have a small blue Crackle effect basket where the outer layer is over white glass and the cracks are 1 - 2 mms wide.  And I have a paperweight with what looks like a typical Murano three "Ice pck flower" design both with labels.  I also spent some time at the Newcastle Antique Centre where I was shown other items unmarked that I was assured came from an ex-worker in the plant.  One was very similar to those revolting Murano fish.  Some of Australia's most successful artist worked there in the late 60s early 70s in cluding Stephen Skillitzi , Julio Santos & an engraver called Ladislav Dostal.

I was told at the Newcastle Antique Centre that these pieces were made to allow the workers to maintain their traditional skills and were often used as corporate gifts rather than marketed to the public.



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