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British & Irish Glass / British glass technology transfer to South Africa
« Last post by Sally on Today at 07:07:32 PM »
(I really don't know where to post this on Glass Messages... you don't have a section about South Africa! Please move it to a better section if necessary?)
Can anyone tell me when modern glassmaking started in South Africa? I cannot find anything about it anywhere. The chances are good, I think, that it may have been British technology that was taken there, as happened in other places in the world, eg Australia, Japan (my area of study Surely some modest scale manufacturing was set up there? No doubt mass importing from Britain took place, but surely somebody started up making it there in the 19th century? Even if only bottles/flat glass.
I will be visiting the Eastern Cape in a few weeks, and would like to find out in advance if there are any museum collections there, of 19th century glass (British or South African). I see there's one well north of Durban, that's too far. Thank you!
Glass / Re: Signed Studio Cameo? Glass ID Help Please
« Last post by Della on Today at 06:45:18 PM »
No, Tony, I didn't. I contacted the National Glass Centre, who were indeed very quick to replyl, but she couldn't confirm that it came from there.  8)
Glass Paperweights / Re: Fox hunting scene paperweight help please.
« Last post by KevinH on Today at 05:03:19 PM »
I do wonder if this was made by Salvador, we'll await Kevin's expert eye, he has more experience than most in this area.


I have seen a coupkle of other weights with very similar spotted dogs. One of those, illustrated in Bob Hall's 2001 book World Papperweights: Millefiori & Lampwork,  has three dogs around a lamppost with one "doing what dogs do". The other, sadly, I cannot recall the detail for right now - it got lost somewhere in one my "unfinished work" folders.

As for the hunter on a horse, I have never seen another but Salvador Ysart is usually credited with these sort of "one-offs" - which can then  later pop up in other weights.

The one in Bob's book was said to be by Paul Ysart but I have always doubted that. The one shown here seems to be consisitent with work from the Ysart Brothers period of Vasart. It might even be a pre-war wight but I think the base finish would have been better if it was.

Could it be early Vasart Ltd (1956 - 1964)? Might be possible - would need the usual shortwave uv check, or specific gravity measurement, to see if it has a lead-based dome.
Glass / Vaseline glass vase with prunts
« Last post by fatbelly on Today at 01:19:22 PM »
I bought this little piece with some loetz pieces and wondered if anyone here recognised it as from a specific maker or is it more just generic Victorian Edwardian Vaseline glass made by whoever.
The piece glows strongly under uv and measures 3.25h with a broad polished pontil pontil.The image makes it looked stepped on the base but it just a foot rim with the polished pontil.
The piece has streaks and prunts to either side.
Thanks in advance.
Glass / Heavy Green Glass Base, with dimples
« Last post by woodie on Today at 12:51:16 PM »
I was wondering if anyone could help me identify this piece.
It is quite weighty 1.7 kg and has a hole in the top which makes me think it may be a lamp base, but I really do not know. There are no markings
Any help would be appreciated.
Glass / Re: Function of tiny cranberry cup?
« Last post by SNJ on Today at 10:59:01 AM »
I would love to think that these are child's glasses or traveller's samples but I suspect that they're probably just liqueur glasses for parsimonius hosts. Many thanks for the input, everyone!
Glass / Re: Green mouth blown vase with applied brown lace like decor
« Last post by nick.a on Today at 08:06:58 AM »
Hi, It reminds me a little of the vases by Frantisek Vizner at Skrdlovice. Might be an avenue worth pursuing.
Glass / Re: Green mouth blown vase with applied brown lace like decor
« Last post by px on Today at 07:33:32 AM »
Anyone seen anything alike or have any thoughts, please? Where should you suggest I search? Could it be Czech?
Glass / Re: Signed Studio Cameo? Glass ID Help Please
« Last post by Tigerchips on Yesterday at 04:40:39 PM »
I've got a different vase with this mark, NGC or NGL, followed by the number 07. Given my location (North East England) it's probably likely to be from the National Glass Centre. Did you ever find anything about this?
Glass / Amber piano rest.
« Last post by Anne E.B. on Yesterday at 01:40:56 PM »
I've not come across this one before and haven't as yet found a maker having looked through books/web.
Its a very tactile smooth rounded one with a pattern on the base which shows through.
Any ideas would be very welcome.
TIA :)
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