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Glass Paperweights / Re: help id please
« Last post by tropdevin on Today at 10:43:16 PM »

The base is not the typical shape for any of the Scottish makers, and the design is unusual ... but I would not rule out Vasart.   An interesting piece.


Agreed.  Baccarat Dupont, 1920s - 1930s.

Glass / Re: Italian Mandruzzato?? Can't find one the same or same colour
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 10:07:03 PM »
looking back at Jonas' first comment, and in the light of his later words, it does appear that the intended meaning of the original post was perhaps a little less than clear  -  have to say I took it that Jonas was affirming Sue's piece to be Asta Stromberg.      It now seems that those comments were not intended as a definitive id. for the Scandi factory, but a possibility only.**            Regret I became lost when looking at the various links that Jonas posted, and don't know which one we were being directed to.

Repeating my earlier comment about having little knowledge of these things, my reasoning remains rather basic, but would draw attention to what appears to be a constant feature of the pieces - apart from Sue's - that are pictured in this thread.            Those pieces depicted that are quoted as being from what I assume is the Gulf of Venice, all appear to have two submerged colours, not one as with Sue's  -  is this a valid point, perhaps, when attempting to differentiate between Scandi and Venice??

In Leslie Pina's 'Fifties Glass', the author speaks of Swedish sommerso pieces - and shows items having clear over one colour only, so that looks to answer my earlier question.

**  assuming Jonas first tongue isn't English then, of course, my compliments on what is obviously a none the less very good grasp of English. :)
Oke, thank you both members for your help. Regards, Luus
This one has a label that reads Vetri Molati Bonora & Co, which sounds like a cutting workshop.

Glass / Re: Huge vase with silver aventurine, signed Hanley? ID?
« Last post by chilternhills on Today at 07:27:21 PM »
Could it be by Ian Hankey?
Glass Paperweights / help id please
« Last post by millarart on Today at 03:25:16 PM »
any ideas? it has a kinda ysart brothers look to it but probably just tat
British & Irish Glass / Re: Bill Swingewood
« Last post by pricejb on Today at 12:40:28 PM »
I am researching the work of a Midlands writer called Archie Hill who mentions a brilliant lamp worker he calls 'Old Billy' who died in the late 1930's. This must be Billy Swingewood - but which one?

From the E&S (7-2-2014) I learn that in 2014 you, Paul, were 47 ( born 1967) and your father John was 74 born 1940.

Henry (John's father, Paul's grandfather) would have been born around 1915 (I think he would have been the gentleman in the photo in the E&S). John grandfather (Paul's great-grandfather) would have been born around 1890 and we know he was still around in the 1940's because he help raise John (per the E&S). I think he would be the young man at the British Industries Fair (probably 1920's).

So back to Hill's 'Old Billy'. I have found his on-line burial record at Amblecote Church and, yes,  someone named William Henry Swingewood, was buried 12 November 1939 aged 68 so was therefore born 1871. Does this mean there were three generations of William Henry Swingewoods?

Also I have thought more about this quote from the E&S: "John Swingewood, now aged 74, was looked after by grandparents Lily and Mr Swingewood senior, who was a renowned glass maker in the Black Country at the start of the 20th century."  This "Mr Swingewood Senior" would have been active rather later than the early years of the 20th Century. I estimated that he was born 1890 so he would not have become well known until perhaps 1925. Which again argues for that Old Billy was from the earlier generation.

If anyone wants to email me at jp AT I can send the extracts from Hill's book that mention Old Billy.

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Glass / Re: Engraved cognac glasses
« Last post by aksleks on Today at 11:02:26 AM »
Thank you so much!
Glass Trinket Sets / Re: One thing leads to another.......
« Last post by theElench on Today at 06:37:48 AM »
Oh dear, not Sowerby, not even a set!  Sorry to have raised a red herring.

What happened to the candlestick previously listed as Mystery 10?
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