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Offline Tony G

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Re: Islington, Murano or Clichy ??????
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 08:01:23 AM »
Hi,
            personally I don't like it. The structure is very untidy. Definitely not Islington. To me it is not Clichy either. Can't suggest who made it though.


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Re: Islington, Murano or Clichy ??????
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 08:08:05 AM »
Hi, sqeakyjoe posted an id help about these paperweights a while back, tropdevin has a theory that these could be made in England and have a link through common cane moulds to Islington. Tropdevin will undoubtably chip in on this. Don


Offline Tony G

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Re: Islington, Murano or Clichy ??????
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 08:17:26 AM »
Hi,
 I would always bow to Alan's research.

It will be interesting to see where it leads. It would certainly open up a whole new area if it can be attributed to Islington as opposed to having some similarities.


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Re: Islington, Murano or Clichy ??????
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 09:34:35 AM »
Hi.  There is strong circumstantial evidence to link these basket paperweights and Islington paperweights - but that does not mean they are definitely from the same source - there could be other explanations.

  • both groups have flat polished bases - unusual in antique paperweights
  • both groups have similar glass density
  • both groups use a limited range of canes, and in a couple of cases Islington canes appear in basket weights
  • of the 12 basket weights I have heard about, 10 turned up in the UK, suggesting a UK origin
  • canes from both groups occur in the 'seashells' picture that I have written about in the PCC Newsletter and forthcoming PCA Bulletin 2014[/li
What I really want to find is someone who can give me free access to a portable X-ray fluorescence machine for a day or two - it is possible that paperweights have a unique fingerprint of trace elements from the various components of the glass batch, although this would change if a supplier went to a new source. However, it is a route well worth exploring.  Anyone out there work in a university department with such kit? It might make a nice student project.

Alan
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