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Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by Ekimp on Yesterday at 10:44:33 AM »
Hopefully your new book will tie these down! I was just having a look to see if the engraving on the finger bowl and plate looked to matched in style but itís hard to see the detail, they donít look very different.

I did notice that the plate especially (and possibly the bowl too) looks to be decorated with the Intaglio technique that was supposedly invented by Northwood I in the 1890s. I donít suppose thereís any realistic chance the plates are actually that late?

From Hajdamach ď...a standard intaglio cut will reveal a sharp edge on one side going into the surface of the glass at ninety degrees while the other edge slopes gradually upwards to the surfaceĒ. Northwood II seems pretty adamant this was invented by his father in early 1890s but maybe thatís in doubt, see also Paulís decanter,70992.10.html But surely Northwood would have been aware of items like these?

British & Irish Glass / Re: Richardson's Vitrified Opaline
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 08:34:26 AM »
yes, think you're probably correct - it sounds to be a a common sense expression equivalent to 'overlay'.        Don't know about your side of the pond, but Europeans would be likely refer to a piece with this appearance as 'cut to clear'.           The traditional means of making drinking glasses with shapes similar to this is by means of a three part construction - bowl, stem and foot  -  it's possible here that the clear bowl was cased/overlaid with the opaque colour, before being attached to a clear stem, and finally the overlaid foot attached.                       But I'm speculating of course, though to overlay a bowl once it's attached to stem and foot would be more difficult. 
With the glass in its completed form the bowl is then 'cut to clear'  -  a decorative technique I'm sure seen more commonly on the Continent of Europe (particularly Bohemia), rather than within the U.K., though it was a process used everywhere.

Nice pieces if they're all yours.                   This doesn't solve the other contradiction of translucence versus opacity - and we may never resolve that one (from the book).

Glass / Re: Sam Herman Vase?
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 01:56:17 AM »
Now we need Sue (chopin-liszt) or one of the other Sam Herman aficionados to come and take a look. ;)
Glass / Re: Possible Richardsons jug.
« Last post by keith on Yesterday at 12:05:10 AM »
Shall have to find time for more research, my other interests have been taking up my time recently  ::) ;D ;D
British & Irish Glass / Re: Richardson's Vitrified Opaline
« Last post by cagney on December 05, 2021, 10:54:13 PM »
 I think it another term for 'overlay'. Inness in his book states that the term overlay is/[was?] used mostly by Continental and American factories. The process of casing being a more involved process.

  The goblet pictured could well be termed overlayed in white on clear. In fact it may be a specimen of exactly what J. Stanly Brothers is talking about. There is no "fire" in the white "plating" and a certain translucence at the thinner areas.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Richardson's Vitrified Opaline
« Last post by Paul S. on December 05, 2021, 09:36:53 PM »
I don't understand it either - will have to mull over for a day or two though likely the meaning will remain elusive.         Can you clarify a little what is meant by the expression 'the platings'.   thanks.

re the pix for the vases m, I'll have another go tomorrow, and failing that will try to contact Anne (Mod.)
British & Irish Glass / Re: Richardson's Vitrified Opaline
« Last post by cagney on December 05, 2021, 09:01:20 PM »
 Concerning cryolite , this also comes up in the aforementioned book 'PITTSBURGH GLASS'. As follows.

""J. Stanley Brothers identifies one such change by the use of cryolite [alumina] to increase the translucence of American opaque white. In speaking of early overlay he says: "The platings of subsequent specimens secured their opacity from the use of the mineral [cryolite]; the softer texture of earlier glass gave way to the 'vitreous appearance of later ware."* By the seventies alumina was hailed in America as making as great a revolution in opaque white as petroleum had made in lighting.""

*A seeming contradiction: cryolite to increase the translucence and also to strengthen the opacity.
Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by flying free on December 05, 2021, 08:45:01 PM »
snippet found in an Antiques publication:  No idea if this is correctly 'snippeted' or if the info is true, but if true it would be by 1837. 
Leighton wrote to him in 1839 about the Canary metal he'd seen there.

Obviously also no idea also if the 'canary metal' Leighton had seen there was actually made by John Ford of course.  It might have been a piece John Ford had from elsewhere.
But anyway, he wasn't appointed manufacturer to the Queen until after 1837 her coronation and the link doesn't imply the canary metal was around in 1837 at all.

In 1835 this firm was dissolved and John Ford carried on in the South Back Canongate under the name Holyrood Flint Glass Works . Two years later that glasshouse was appointed ' Flint Glass Manufacturer in Ordinary to the Queen.

British & Irish Glass / Re: Richardson's Vitrified Opaline
« Last post by flying free on December 05, 2021, 08:26:41 PM »
Have you tried contacting the mods through the 'report' button Paul?

They should be able to help you upload pics to the original post.

USA / Re: Heisey Water Jug.
« Last post by cagney on December 05, 2021, 08:25:17 PM »
 Most welcome Paul. Don't spend much time on U.S.A. side,. Early stuff my passion.
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