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Glass / Re: Jardinière.
« Last post by Anne Tique on Today at 08:06:10 PM »
I thought of that but there aren't any drops, so I came up with the best I could.
Glass / Re: Jardinière.
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 07:29:34 PM »
Anne - perhaps drip or dripping might have been in your mind for 'drool'.             Look forward to seeing some of your efforts with the loupe :)
Glass / Re: Veined jug for show.
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 07:25:25 PM »
thanks Kevin  -  looking too briefly at images is a dangerous thing, and doing just that was the cause of my mis-reading the decoration on my jug and thinking the lines were in relief - but they're not - though even then I still had doubts it was crackle glass - but now I've been put right ;D
Being more than a tad ignorant of this kind of material and how its appearance is formed, I had assumed that 'crackle' glass would always appear as a mass of very fine closed fissures - but Mr. Thickie had overlooked the obvious - which is that this particular process involves two gathers.           Whilst this second gather is around white heat, it's plunged into water very briefly and it's this second gather only that fractures when immersed in water  -  certainly the cracks don't penetrate the entire thickness of the glass.   The piece is then further blown to enlarge the item, during which process the fissures expand giving the appearance of incised channels on the surface, though incised is probably the wrong word, and that should be reserved for lines created when something is cold  -  neither do I like trails  -  sounds as though we're going on a National Trust walk. ;D

A much better explanation of the process of making 'frosted/crackle/ice glass' is to be found in Charles Hajdamach's 'British Glass 1800 - 1914 p. 265.
Glass / Re: Jardinière.
« Last post by Anne Tique on Today at 06:53:41 PM »
How could that be possible Paul, trying to avoid you. More importantly ... why?

Anyway, the cutting, besides the mitres, is too sharp and the 'stars' are not as shiny and mat for it to be finished with an acid polishing, following your explanations on the result of doing so.

With 'drool' I meant to say that it's not as smooth as when polished ... it looks like something ran down it and left traces. My loupe's only a tiny one, I'll try to take an image but can't promise anything, I'm not 38 anymore.  ;)
British & Irish Glass / Re: Caithness ring for show.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 06:25:10 PM »
It was quite expensive to register a personal hall mark, not all of the artists did.
It just looks very similar to the quite large and complex designs that were the height of fashion at that time, in Scotland. It might be worth tracking down the designer.
It isn't beyond any stretch of the imagination to think that Caithness would have tried to find a local artist who could produce a fashionable/exclusive design for their jewellery.
Scandinavian Glass / Help identify Decanter and glasses please
« Last post by alichatfield on Today at 06:05:34 PM »
Hi there, I was given this decanter?? and 2 glasses as a gift, can anyone help me identify them.  A label on the decanter has Randsfjord but I cant find anything about how old they are or who made by.  Any help would be appreciated.
Glass / Cranberry Swirl Gold Trimmed Pillars - Need Help Identifying
« Last post by kitchensink on Today at 06:00:38 PM »
Hi all,
I bought these because they were so unusual - very light weight swirled glass, clear on the top and bottom, trimmed in gold, with a cranberry section in the middle. One is 15 1/2" tall , the other 15 3/4". From the base, it is hollow to the top of the cranberry section. The bowl on top doesn't have a candle holder.  I am at a loss as to age and origin. I can't find anything else that looks like these in all my searches. I'll attach some pictures if anyone has the knowledge and time to educate me. They are not signed or labeled.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

British & Irish Glass / Re: Caithness ring for show.
« Last post by keith on Today at 05:40:13 PM »
Afraid not Sue just the lion mark for silver the anchor for Brum , a date letter and CG 30, looked on the Scotlish glass site there are a couple similar.
Glass / Re: Veined jug for show.
« Last post by KevinH on Today at 05:11:32 PM »
Paul said:
thanks John  -  mine looks to have the same surface appearance as yours, and contrary to my earlier waffle the lines are incised in appearance and not in relief.
Ah! whenever I look at Paul's photos of the jug, my brain tells me the lines are in relief.  ??? And that is my first reaction to any photo of a "craclke glass" item where the crackle is minimal and the further blowing is "sizeable".

I think images of (likely) crackle glass items should include a close up of an area along an "edge" that clearly shows whether the "trails" are incised or relief.  ;D
Hi Steve,

Please make a separate thread for the second weight - otherwise things can get complicated if discussion beyond "First is <whatever> and Second is <something else>".

Anyone responding in this thread, please do so for the first item only.
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