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Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 08:45:22 PM »
Is this not a silver nitrate thing rather than silver chloride?
It is even the right reds under the brown made by the silver.
I could never really get over the worminess of it. Not after working in labs and peering down microscopes.
Spirochaetes, syphilis... ;D

This was a good surprise, Michael. I am enjoying it immensely. 8)

I did actually bring mine out of hiding recently, and I did decide it wasn't as dreadful as I first thought.
The base has a polished, but spread all over the place, pontil mark, on a flat base that,  when I look at it now, is slightly satinated.
18 years ago, I didn't know much about different bums on things and I was used to seeing various finshes on Mdina anyway.
This is quite a thrill, learning something new and having to unlearn something wrong. ;D
Glass Paperweights / Re: Millefiori ID help.
« Last post by tropdevin on Today at 08:29:53 PM »

Hi Marc.  I am fairly sure this belongs to a group of paperweights from an as yet unknown maker, most of which have turned up in England - so probably an English factory.  I have several of these, and you can match canes between them.  As for age - probably 19th century.

Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by rocco on Today at 07:42:44 PM »
Sue, glad I could surprise you ;D ;D
And I agree, good that we don't all like the same things.
I am really fond of mine (though pics don't really do it justice) - the silver chlorides are the main decoration, giving very different looks depending where the light comes from, similar to many Mdina pieces...

Glass / Re: Stevens and Williams Swingewood? Adam and Eve It.
« Last post by brucebanner on Today at 07:27:12 PM »
I think these are not Stevens and Williams Andrew as the family does not recognise them, i think they could be Arculus or another maker and around 1920 in date. at this years Malvern show we saw a couple of examples cased in a glass dome that were clearly victorian 1880's very similar.

Glass / Re: Stevens and Williams Swingewood? Adam and Eve It.
« Last post by Gowdod on Today at 07:18:19 PM »
Here's one to add to the menagerie.

Glass / Rd 217752
« Last post by Trishy on Today at 05:42:19 PM »
Hi im new please be gentle. Ive no idea what im doing.
We are clearing out our parents home and have come across this rd 217752 pearline blue glass tray jug and 1 glass.
I think its whats called a water set. Anyone know more or can help me with a value ?
I know this was from my husbands mothers aunt. Its been locked away and we were never to go near it.
Thanks for any help.
Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 05:11:21 PM »
 :o :o :o
You got me doing a John MacEnroe impersonation there!
You cannot be serious, really?
It screams "Mdina" at me, it always has.  I got it donkey's years ago and haven't paid much attention to it, thinking it rather ugly. I've even entered it into an early "ugly glass competition" we had here.
Good job we don't all like the same things, isn't it? :)
It's got the right feel the right colours, made the right way...
Mind you, I have mistaken good WMF for Mdina before and I found this about 18
years ago and shoved it away out of sight.

Thank-you so much for the correction. It is very much appreciated. ;D
Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by rocco on Today at 04:17:49 PM »
I came across this thread looking for something else...
The "squiggles" bowl Sue has shown above is NOT Mdina but WMF Ikora glass  ;D
I have the same, one of my favorite Ikora pieces. Pictured in the 1928 catalogue in the Ikora book, PN 32/1589.

Glass Paperweights / Millefiori ID help.
« Last post by marc on Today at 10:44:50 AM »

Does it an apprentice piece? Height 4,6 cm, diameter base 6,9 cm. It has a polished concave base with external ring, the surface is worn. Any idea of origin/age.
Best regards, thanks. 
I got to page 10 of the discussion surrounding E Varnish et al that was started by this item and gave up because of the time it was taking!

As an extra piece of information, Michael Parkington created his collection by adding items as they came along, preferring (like all collectors of the British examples of these wares) cut through pieces where the pattern is accentuated by colour surrounding the 'mirrored' cutting.

Cheers, Nigel
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