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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => Malta Glass => Topic started by: essi on January 31, 2015, 09:50:43 PM

Title: Mtarfa label
Post by: essi on January 31, 2015, 09:50:43 PM
Bought this today, the seller said he bought this on Malta in the seventies.
Is this an early label ?.
thank you.
Title: Re: Mtarfa label
Post by: chopin-liszt on February 01, 2015, 11:58:08 AM
I would think so. I don't think I've seen one before, and the style of the piece is early Mtarfa. :)

But Mtarfa wasn't set up until 1981, so early '80s, rather than any time in the '70s
Title: Re: Mtarfa label
Post by: essi on February 01, 2015, 04:25:41 PM
Thanks for that Sue, since I posted that enquiry I noticed in Ivo's book he says circa 1975 for Mtarfa.
Do you know if that label crop's up in any reference book's ?
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Mtarfa label
Post by: chopin-liszt on February 01, 2015, 04:57:13 PM
Very little Mtarfa turns up in any reference books, far less images of labels, I'm afraid.
It is likely that there was even less information about it around when Ivo wrote the book (Glass Fact File a-z was published in 2001.)
In 2000, Lesley Jackson published 20th Century Factory Glass, and in that, there was the very first information I found published on Mdina (apart from a single black and white thumbnail image in an old Miller's Guide, prior to that)  - and that was under Isle of Wight Studio Glass, not meriting a section on its own even then. There is a mention of Mtarfa there, but no dates.
Mdina was discussed in the Ronald Stennet-Willson book, in (I think) 1975, but that went out of print long before I could get hold of a copy.

Maltese glass is has only really become popular in the last 10 or so years, there is very little about it in books.
Title: Re: Mtarfa label
Post by: Baked_Beans on February 07, 2015, 01:27:00 PM
Here is a similar label on an item listed on ebay Germany................


http://www.ebay.de/itm/Kristall-Vase-mit-farbigen-Einschmelzungen-Mtarfa-Glas-Malta-Hohe-9-5-cm-/400589736223?pt=Glas_Kristall&hash=item5d4502491f

Ta, Mike
Title: Re: Mtarfa label
Post by: essi on February 07, 2015, 02:21:13 PM
Thanks for that mike. I could not see in the text any reference to a date. Maybe if a few more examples turn up it may give us a timescale for this label.