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The base is moulded, so it probably always had fittings of some kind on top. I don't see any reason why the Messenger parts would be an addition, although the bulb-holder could be.

That said, the thread on the top of the Messenger part, where the bulb-holder attaches, is 1/2" / 26tpi, which was the British standard for electric light fittings (and motorcycles), and not too much else as far as I know.

It's a bit baffling.
Could someone have used an older lamp and transferred the parts?  Although I should think this might have been impossible given the size at the neck etc.  Does it have a polished pontil mark at all?
Glass / Re: Part frosted clear box.
« Last post by flying free on May 27, 2023, 12:04:07 AM »
Mikasa used this part frosted/part clear effect.  I had a leaf shaped huge bowl that was similar in that the frosted part was thick and rounded if you see what I mean?  Very heavy.
Glass / Re: Part frosted clear box.
« Last post by Ekimp on May 26, 2023, 10:16:21 AM »
More photos with closeups of the frosting.
Glass / Part frosted clear box.
« Last post by Ekimp on May 26, 2023, 10:15:14 AM »
Donít know who this is from, maybe Durand? It is about 160mm diameter.

The frosting is by sand blasting (or other abrasive blasting). Looks like a stencil was used as you can see in places where the edge of the frosting has spread under the stencil where the stencil wasnít in contact with the surface, leaving a less sharp fuzzy edge. There are none of the scratches you see when the surface has been abraded by scrubbing (rather than blasting). The tiny pits from the blasting look a similar size to an acid frosted finish but more angular rather than spherical with acid.
Glass / Re: Help identifying a clear lead crystal bowl
« Last post by shinypebbles on May 25, 2023, 08:54:59 PM »
I've tried it against some plain black sheet, but it's still reflective. I've left the flash off to get the cuts showing, and sketched the pattern, which just repeats the three bars and cross hatch round the sides.
1956, according to their site.
The bubbles are a little bit Biot-ish, but I don't know if they were going that long ago and I don't know if they ever made lampshades. :)
Glass / Re: Help identifying a clear lead crystal bowl
« Last post by Anne on May 25, 2023, 06:33:41 PM »
Hi and welcome to the board. I'm struggling to make out the pattern on your bowl as the light background is distracting. Could you take some photos of the bowl against a plain black background please (a sheet of plain matt black card or paper or plain black fabric works well.) That way it will help us see the pattern much better.
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