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Glass / Re: Jardinière.
« Last post by Anne Tique on Today at 06:53:41 PM »
How could that be possible Paul, trying to avoid you. More importantly ... why?

Anyway, the cutting, besides the mitres, is too sharp and the 'stars' are not as shiny and mat for it to be finished with an acid polishing, following your explanations on the result of doing so.

With 'drool' I meant to say that it's not as smooth as when polished ... it looks like something ran down it and left traces. My loupe's only a tiny one, I'll try to take an image but can't promise anything, I'm not 38 anymore.  ;)
British & Irish Glass / Re: Caithness ring for show.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 06:25:10 PM »
It was quite expensive to register a personal hall mark, not all of the artists did.
It just looks very similar to the quite large and complex designs that were the height of fashion at that time, in Scotland. It might be worth tracking down the designer.
It isn't beyond any stretch of the imagination to think that Caithness would have tried to find a local artist who could produce a fashionable/exclusive design for their jewellery.
Scandinavian Glass / Help identify Decanter and glasses please
« Last post by alichatfield on Today at 06:05:34 PM »
Hi there, I was given this decanter?? and 2 glasses as a gift, can anyone help me identify them.  A label on the decanter has Randsfjord but I cant find anything about how old they are or who made by.  Any help would be appreciated.
Glass / Cranberry Swirl Gold Trimmed Pillars - Need Help Identifying
« Last post by kitchensink on Today at 06:00:38 PM »
Hi all,
I bought these because they were so unusual - very light weight swirled glass, clear on the top and bottom, trimmed in gold, with a cranberry section in the middle. One is 15 1/2" tall , the other 15 3/4". From the base, it is hollow to the top of the cranberry section. The bowl on top doesn't have a candle holder.  I am at a loss as to age and origin. I can't find anything else that looks like these in all my searches. I'll attach some pictures if anyone has the knowledge and time to educate me. They are not signed or labeled.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

British & Irish Glass / Re: Caithness ring for show.
« Last post by keith on Today at 05:40:13 PM »
Afraid not Sue just the lion mark for silver the anchor for Brum , a date letter and CG 30, looked on the Scotlish glass site there are a couple similar.
Glass / Re: Veined jug for show.
« Last post by KevinH on Today at 05:11:32 PM »
Paul said:
thanks John  -  mine looks to have the same surface appearance as yours, and contrary to my earlier waffle the lines are incised in appearance and not in relief.
Ah! whenever I look at Paul's photos of the jug, my brain tells me the lines are in relief.  ??? And that is my first reaction to any photo of a "craclke glass" item where the crackle is minimal and the further blowing is "sizeable".

I think images of (likely) crackle glass items should include a close up of an area along an "edge" that clearly shows whether the "trails" are incised or relief.  ;D
Hi Steve,

Please make a separate thread for the second weight - otherwise things can get complicated if discussion beyond "First is <whatever> and Second is <something else>".

Anyone responding in this thread, please do so for the first item only.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Caithness ring for show.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 03:15:06 PM »
 :) Is there anything in the hallmark to indicate the silver artist's name?
The setting looks quite complex and intersting. :)

In the '70s in Edinburgh, there was a big surgence of silver artists working, making and selling exclusive designs, many of whom are now well known and collectable in their own rights. The main shop selling this sort of thing was an exclusive sort of place you had to ring the doorbell to be allowed in, Ian Clarkson's, in the road leading down to the Grassmarket from the top of the Mound.
It looks to be quite consistent with the sort of stuff he sold in the '70s. (my mother bought a lot)
I've just checked, the shop is still there. Just called Clarkson's now.
Many of the artists did get their own hallmark.
Glass / Re: Jardinière.
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 03:09:29 PM »
Have to say that I did think you were avoiding me - but your sense of worship more than makes up for your absence. ;)             In English we say 'nerve-wracking', though this is synonymous with wreck, and 'nerve-wrecking' sounds perhaps better and more akin to torture.

In English we also have 'I take my hat off to you' as a mark of admiration, so I guess something similar is a fairly universal type of expression.

I could be wrong, but would have thought it unlikely that your bowl was acid polished before cutting  -  it was my understanding that the acid polishing was carried out post cutting, in order to speed up the previously tedious job of manually polishing out the grinding marks, although as we've already said even high quality bowls still retain some evidence - within the mitres - of the original grinding marks.              Acid polishing is detrimental to the sharpness of the cutting - just have a look at the vast amounts of dull-edged cut-glass from mid C20.
What makes you suggest your bowl was acid polished prior to cutting Anne?  ..............   and sorry, but will you please clarify - "drool on the mitres" please?   

With a little practise, close up photography isn't too difficult  -  the most time consuming part is getting the light suitably angled (raking) so that the small area you want to see receives maximum illumination, though obliquely, and not at 90 degrees to the surface in question, and there's no need to hold the bowl, which is best placed on a level surface.
This allows one hand for the loupe and the other for the camera, whether you're 38 like me or older as with many members here ;)
Of course you may need to support or prop the bowl to achieve the correct angle for photography - try some time, not too difficult.

I suspect that most of these larger cut pieces are mould blown or pressed in some way, so I'd suggest that apart from treatment of the pontil scar, it is only the areas that have been cut that will eventually require acid polishing, but of course the entire piece is dipped eventually.

Some of the best 'old' expressions - in most languages probably - have their origins in trades/work practices and the military services, though meanings are not always obvious now.                 The origin of taking your hat off as a mark of respect no doubt dates to earlier centuries.   
British & Irish Glass / Caithness ring for show.
« Last post by keith on Today at 02:11:39 PM »
Assay mark for Birmingham, date latter for 1976, other marks are CG 30, first I've seen, doesn't really suit me but Linda likes it  ;D ;D
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