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Offline ottogrunf

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« on: May 18, 2014, 06:43:54 PM »
some are candleholders but where did they come from? and that glass is?

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Re: curiosity
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 07:03:12 PM »
Not sure who the manufacturer is but if you google "mercury glass", there is tons of stuff that comes up.  :)

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Re: curiosity
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 08:06:59 PM »
Since the technique is fairly similar to christmas baubles I feel save to assume that in former days many of these
where produced in the same places. So Thuringia and northern Bohemia, e.g. Jablonec, just to mention a few.
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Re: curiosity
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 10:28:02 PM »
France for most of the monochrome ones,  Bohemia for polychrome ones. One large producer was Schmid in Kusov. Time frame circa 1860 -1900. Italian production unknown....
American ones you will not find in Europe.

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Re: curiosity
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 05:06:41 AM »
Alibaba.com are flooding the market.

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Re: curiosity
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2014, 10:36:30 AM »
Yes, unfortunately there´s an endless flood of new items also....  :-\

Thanks Ivo, France is always a blind spot to me. Was their output there due to certain ressources, e.g. mercury?
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Re: curiosity
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2014, 11:26:40 AM »
I really have no idea if the availability of raw materials played a role in the French output - but they certainly knew about the techniques of miroiterie. I am almost tempted to quote the old French saying 'vingt minutes d' amour et trois ans de mercure'  - but am affraid it is inappropriate so I will not.

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Re: curiosity
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2014, 01:08:45 PM »
quote ...............'twenty minutes of love and three years of mercury'.............    can't get out of it now Ivo...once your thoughts are in print you're damned for all eternity. ;D

anyway.....I suspect it was usually a lot less than twenty minutes - unless you were Casanova ;) ;)     

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2014, 04:45:42 PM »
Thanks once more  - and lol!  ;D
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Re: curiosity
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2014, 04:52:50 PM »
 :) thanks for the answers  :)

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