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Author Topic: Opalescent Pressed Czech Vase - Barolac?  (Read 3777 times)

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Offline chopin-liszt

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Re: Opalescent Pressed Czech Vase - Barolac?
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2013, 03:17:19 PM »
Meegs, if your is showing lovely soft golds and pinks inside the glass itself, perhaps yours is opalescent...?
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Re: Opalescent Pressed Czech Vase - Barolac?
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2013, 08:28:08 PM »
Oh Sue, I wish!
Unfortunately it doesn't have the depth or intensity of the milky-ness of opalescent.
Its more like the effect you get on the bubbles children blow with detergent, or the iridescence on puddles of water on the ground where someone has spilt petrol or engine oil! It's like a very subtle patina, not unlike the iridescence of carnival but so much less intense. I thought it was just a reflection at first, but its not. It also appears to be on the outside as well
The vase has been well used and there is watermarking inside. Also I've just noticed whilst handling it, bears a raised mark on the bottom I cant decipher but I presume its Czechoslovakia! I'm no chemist but I wonder if its a reaction  to something in the environment or how its been stored? If perhaps it was exposed to higher than normal levels of sulphur? or other natural occurring minerals.
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Re: Opalescent Pressed Czech Vase - Barolac?
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2013, 09:03:02 PM »
Cleaning it in a dishwasher might do that

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Re: Opalescent Pressed Czech Vase - Barolac?
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2013, 09:35:33 PM »
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Also I've just noticed whilst handling it, bears a raised mark on the bottom I cant decipher but I presume its Czechoslovakia!

It is indeed, as mentioned in the original post, and it is quite easy to read on mine  :)
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Re: Opalescent Pressed Czech Vase - Barolac?
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2013, 09:46:41 PM »
David,
I must have a much later one from a worn mould, I could barely feel the marking  and still no way visibly legible even with the new glasses and a magnifying glass!

Thanks Christine, I had thought about that but because of the size of the piece I had dismissed it, but you never know what some previous owner might have done.

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