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British & Irish Glass / Re: Molyneaux & Webb 708 Honey Pot.
« Last post by flying free on Yesterday at 11:13:15 PM »
fabulous. I had the base of one but no lid (iirc it was the same as yours).  Very heavy?  Gorgeous piece of glass.
 :) Are things this shape not called Ikebanas?
Things specifically made for Japanese flower arranging. Low bowls with an opening at one side.
I am not at all sure about whether or not it has been made using the "half-post method" - which is nothing more than a partial casing. The name is old and originates from a process that used to be used in bottle making.
I can see where you're coming from, with the bit that seems to be inside the opening, but I'm not sure it might have got like that when the opening was made. Perhaps a small bubble was blown into it to add a bit of extra metal?
Glass / Re: Well Strange But Very Nice Space Age Glass Mottled Orb Object??
« Last post by LEGSY on Yesterday at 01:46:30 PM »
Some more pictures in different angles.
Glass / Well Strange But Very Nice Space Age Glass Mottled Orb Object??
« Last post by LEGSY on Yesterday at 01:45:18 PM »
Not all together sure if this is more an art object than a vase it sits on a raised polished
pontil scar or foot which is off to one side. The object is a sort of UFO shape or orb it would
look fabulous in the right setting not like the one i have though. The top has a small hole
which has a kind of similarity to the was in which some decanters are made in i think it maybe
know as a post method?? In any case i love it but would love to know where it was made or by
whom if it is at all possible its quite a large piece 9" x 8" and seems well made in my opinion.
Thank you again Allan. Your willingness to share your expertise is greatly appreciated!
Having examples of true classic period weights would help to learn the differences.  You can find some good Baccarat canes in these, but the canes are cut very thin and the color palette is limited.  It is like everything else, you need to handle both the 1845-1860 variety and the 1920 variety and after a while you can "see" the differences.  Usually one or more of the canes is so transparent that it is hard to get a good picture.  Yours is very attractive.  The dead giveaway is the way the canes are thin and placed close to the base.  The green canes and also the canes in the center of each circle don't show a lot of detail.
Thanks Allan. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to reply and share your knowledge. In hopes of learning even a little more, are there certain canes in this paperweight that are unique to Baccarat? Also, are there features that help date this piece to the Dupont period specifically? Sorry for the additional questions. I'm trying to learn. Thanks again!
Glass / Re: What's "Bristol glass"?
« Last post by flying free on Yesterday at 12:11:30 AM »
Came across this curious book this evening (online version - not full print) by a J.H. Sir Yoxhall
'Collecting Old Glass English and Irish' Online link here:

Possibly printed 1916 J. H. Yoxhall

The last few pages available in the link give his views on Bristol glass.  In addition he shows a picture of what I think is a millefiori 'pepper box' and says it's Bristol glass. Also goes on to say 'Bristol produced the finest glass paper-weights ... and at the base of these you see flowers of coloured glass,'
And also appears to say that Bristol made glasses with coloured spirals in the stem.
 :o  rarities  :-\
Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by flying free on April 11, 2024, 11:22:03 PM »
This article  is from:
 Source - Industries
by Peter Lole (Article from Glass Circle News no. 78. 1999, p. 6)

It is regarding 1793 and 1794 (so 40 odd years before the bowls were apparently made for the Coronation banquet), and obviously the glass industry must have changed in the next 40 years of course - e.g. see the note regarding the drop in proportion of Excise Duty paid by London as a proportion of the whole English sum 40 years after 1793.  However, it's interesting regarding the number of people listed as glass-engravers as a proportion of the whole (very few) and for the fact that at that time 'London had half the Glass Engravers listed in the whole of England.'

'The most suprising feature was that clearly London in the early 1790s was still by far the most important domestic Glass centre in the country. It had more than twice as many cutters as the rest of England put together, and half the Glass Engravers listed in the whole of England. It had almost a third (19 out of a total of 66) of the Glasshouses and Glass Manufacturers listed, but forty years later the proportion of Excise Duty paid in London had dropped to only 2% of the total English sum of 680,000. (See: C.R.Hajdamach: British Glass 1800-1914 Pp 413-41) But this note is really directed only to Cutting and Engraving.'

It's possible things changed drastically in the intervening 40 years and the number of glass engravers increased but it's quite surprising how few engravers there were listed.

Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by flying free on April 11, 2024, 10:27:02 PM »
Yes, if you look at some of the charts used to teach penmanship, where each letter is shown separately, some of the vs look just like the v on the bowl and plate.

For fun, some Czech and German examples (German at the bottom), although 20th century:

The V on the left of the last examples on your link is very similar, more similar than my Round text alphabet link. Specifically the little loop on the top right of the U/V seen on the bowl:

The bowl:
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