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Astra Glass - updated info
« on: January 23, 2005, 11:44:59 PM »
I'm trying to trace who made Astra Glass - whether it was a company name or a trademark. I have a set of 6 liqueur glasses that came in their box which had Astra Glass printed onto it as part of the box design. They are not modern glasses and I'm trying to date them and find out where they were made. Can anyone point me in the right direction again please? Thanks!  http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-66


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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2005, 01:24:30 AM »
More searching has found mentions of Astra Glass in Germany. The firm isn't mentioned in the Glass Fact File or on the Glass Encyclopaedia, nor does Google turn up anything useful. Does anyone know of this firm please? Dates of existence, what they made, etc.  Thanks!


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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2005, 08:11:21 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2005, 12:59:51 PM »
Thank you Ivo, funnily enough I'd found this page last night as well, having been trying to find out about the Nachtmann range called Crystal Creatures (I couldn't find the creatures though!).

The glasses I have are not like these at all. They came in a box with slots for them to fit into, the box was printed all over Astra Glass (I can't find the box just now but I was sure I'd kept it somewhere!), and the glasses are small liqueur sized ones - each is a different colour bowl on a clear stem, but the glass is coloured irridescent/pearly... there's probably a technical word for the type of glass but I don't know what it is. It doesn't seem to be a surface finish like many of the modern pearly finishes I've seen which eventually wears off.



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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2005, 09:44:38 PM »
sounds very 1950s ...
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2005, 04:07:03 AM »
I've seen the label lots in local shops here (it's shield shaped, divided into four with red and black on alternate corners- a heraldic-inspired design). I _think_ that they were labelled "Made in Poland" - but this is a vague memory and could well be wrong. The ones I've seen have been 50s-60s era.

They were fairly common. Set up a search for "Astra glass* "on eBay, save it to your favourite searches and set it so that it tells you every time one comes up. Something is bound to turn up with the label, and the label definitely sometimes has the country of origin.

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2005, 12:03:57 PM »
Thanks Cathy, that's very interesting. I did search eBay and found a couple of bits but with no info other than the name (and not like mine). I didn't think to set up a search... thanks for that suggestion too! :)


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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2006, 04:17:04 AM »
Hi Anne,
Might Astra be an importers brand label, I seem to recall that A.H. Ludwig used a similar brand label "Cresta", on their imported items, and Remus and Gow seem to have used a number of "brands" including "Tuscany"
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2006, 02:32:52 PM »
Thanks Marcus, you could well be right. There seems to be little hard evidence for anything about them as yet... the box gave no clues other than saying Astra Glass - no country of origin, no other text even as a hint. It's another of those little puzzles that I revisit from time to time in the hope that something may have turned up to identify them. (I seem to have an awful lot of such mysteries!)


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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2006, 04:04:05 PM »
Hi Anne,
These labels need to be treated with caution.
The example I gave of "Tuscany" might set people to thinking Italy???
However, some ads clearly show products from Novy Bor, so this can inevitably cause problems.
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