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Author Topic: Is it Murano?  (Read 1926 times)

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Offline Tigerchips

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« on: May 16, 2006, 08:10:18 PM »
This paperweight belongs to a friend of mine who doesn't have the internet, but I wish it was mine.  8)

I think it might be Murano as it has that gold dust near the base (picture no 4). Do you have any clues to the maker and value if any, please?  :)

Also, there is a hole on the base which I think was caused when they polished it, not sure. Will this effect the value of the weight?

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Thanks.  :)

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2006, 12:11:45 AM »
yep chips it's a good murano one, but im the same as simone don't know the maker,

Just wondering how the 1800's paperweight's were sold?,  were they sold in boxes, if so how come none have survived , just a thought
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006, 08:13:34 AM »
Quote from: "RAY"
Just wondering how the 1800's paperweight's were sold?,  were they sold in boxes, if so how come none have survived , just a thought

I've never heard of a Victorian weight coming with a box. Perhaps boxes were in short supply then and were used for other things?

It mentions in my book "Miller's Paperweights of the 19th & 20th centuries" that the story in terms of Murano paperweights starts in 1845. I'm not sure if Murano itself made paperwieghts before that or whether that was the time canes were invented.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006, 08:42:14 AM »
Murano makers (like many others) put a lot of fake date canes in weights.  Don't try to date Murano weights by date canes!   :wink:

BTW, the finish of the base of your friend's weight looks a bit like the way Chinese weights are finished!   :shock:

Oh, my goodness!  I didn't just say that!   :shock:  :lol:  :wink:

No, I'd say definitely Murano, but those 'rose' canes ought to be tellingl me which maker   :?
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2006, 10:04:40 PM »
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BTW, the finish of the base of your friend's weight looks a bit like the way Chinese weights are finished!


Were you kidding? the base is not frosted, it's polished flat. The base has a lot of ware. Or did you mean something else? :)

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 06:09:46 AM »
I was talking about the 'hole' - sorry, only teasing!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 07:13:50 PM »
What do you think the hole is? Is it a large bubble that has tried to be polished out or is it a chip which happened while polishing. Seems rather large for one of those though.

Looking at the pictures it appears to have a yellow tint. I don't remember if this is the case in real life, you know what my memory's like...

...I don't remember what my memories like but you might.  :lol:

How old do you think it is? I'm sure modern Murano would not have this tint in it or would it?

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2006, 07:20:40 PM »
The hole is the result of the pontil either pulling a piece out when snapping off or a bubble that was under the pontil button. You can only grind down so far.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2006, 09:32:16 PM »
Quote from: "Frank"
The hole is the result of the pontil either pulling a piece out when snapping off or a bubble that was under the pontil button. You can only grind down so far.

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