:lol: Just as long as nobody calls you A. Damp anything!
I've just checked all the references, Adam.
Lesley Jackson's information is all correct. Elizabeth Harris has confirmed this for me.
As far as Miller's guides are concerned, they are only ever published as guides, and this should be remembered every time they are critisised!
Since Mark Hill has been doing the book on Michael Harris and his legacy to glassmaking, he has had access to information previously unavailable.
In fact for the last few years, Lesley Jackson has been the only soure of information, and everything else has just been lifted straight out of LJ. As there are no pictures of Mdina in LJ, there has been speculation about what exactly is what. :roll:
Personally, I don't think there ever were really hard and fast rules, LJ says the fish vases produced at Mdina were "flat or faceted and contained richly coloured glass in a thick clear casing." ...and later, with ref. to IoWSG.... "Lollipops (smaller versions of Fish vases)..".
Fish vases were called so because of their resemblence to Manta Rays, when viewed from above.
The picture in Miller's guide 2004 p.272, with the 2 bubbles like eyes, is a vase I
would describe as a lollipop. The two bubbles are just a fluke, part of the individual charm of this vase. I have a vase in this design, there is just one bubble, stretched across the centre.
My own convention is to call the ones with strapping between casing applied to both side of the vase, that does not quite join at the top, Fish vases, and the round ones where the casing is complete, Lollipops. This is because I have found big lollipops and wee fishies!
The vase you describe as being spade shaped (Miller's '05) is what I would call a fish or an axehead. (I do use the term axehead). It is the same shape as the one next to the one with the 2 bubbles in '04, but with a different pattern of enamels inside.
Where I am confused is with reference to the multicoloured one on p. 272, (Miller's '04) underneath the fish vase, on the left. I have seen these described as fish vases, :? but I would call them lollipops because they are fully cased.
Mark's description of these vases as "axeheads" is one I believe is here to stay. Everybody knows what it means.
The information in the '06 guide is with the added knowledge he has gained through researching his book.
The book is being launched at the next Cambridge Glass Fair, Chilford Hall, Linton on September 24th, '06! ( www.cambridgeglassfair.com