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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 04:02:57 PM »
thanks for the improved picture, and appears you have hit the nail on the head with the States suggestion, though whether this one is a champers or claret jug I'm not sure  -  I'll have a look through Jane Spillman's 'The American Cut Glass Industry - T. G. Hawkes and his Competitors", and see if there's a match.                   At a quick glance in the book, most of those illustrated appear to be claret jugs, though without a hinged lid, which was more common Europe, but there's no doubting that this narrow, upright, bulbous based, ornate handle style of jug carries all the hallmarks of an ABP design from the late C19.               European champagne bottles from the C19 and earlier often more or less copied other general decanter shapes  i.e. mostly some form of a bulbous design, though often with a pocket for crushed ice.
Second half C19 claret jugs are the only European shape that comes close to the jug showing here  -  slender and wider toward the base, but even then they lack the true straight sided appearance of this example.
So, I think we stay with the States - possibly ABP - and likely latter part of the C19.       Another indicator of ABP, is the profusion of cutting  -  almost as though the guys didn't want any part of the glass surface to be smooth and free from some sort of cutting - possibly the reason for the term 'brilliant'.   

Unfortunately, deep mitre cutting and strawberry diamonds have been a fairly common combination of cutting from the Victorian period  until well into the C20, so the cutting pattern on its own really isn't an indication of one particular maker, and the only way to be certain of attribution is to find an identical match - in a book or catalogue  .   in the end though, you may have to live without that certainty.
Your mention of dates as being the period for ABP starts too early I'd suggest, and this particular period is considered more generally to be from the 1870s through to early C20.

The reference to 'crystal' is often a misused term - it's frequently used simply to describe clear glass, whereas it probably should be reserved for glass which has a high refractive index - sparkle - glass which has a good lead content, and described as 'lead crystal'.          Flint is another term used to describe clear glass  -  crushed flints were used eons back instead of sand, presumably because they couldn't obtain clean sand, but the silica content was more or less the same, though no idea if the melt temperature was similar.             Sand has been the source of silica for glass for a long time now, but it doesn't stop folk from using the word flint for clear glass - old habits die hard.         

Off hand I don't know to what extent Waterford made jugs/decanters in this narrow/slender shape - I expect they didn't   -  Ireland often copied English shapes, so on that basis I'd rule out the Irish connection as being in the frame.
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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 03:17:32 PM »
 :) I'm not unfamilair with grubby,  ;D it was the actual colour of the glass I was commenting on.
I can see it is clear - but it is not the icey, almost blue colour of crystal, it is more the colour of milk bottles.
Clear glass comes in a lot of subtly different colours. :)
I'm afraid I'm not a cut glass person, but Paul is. He knows a lot more than I do. :)
But I was thinking it is highly unlikely to be Waterford, if it is not crystal.
These things can be clues towards finding an origin, abd while this is a very unusual shape for a jug, jugs are notoriously difficult to tie down.
As Paul has said. :)
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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by collector on Today at 03:09:28 PM »
Sorry, it is just a bit grubby and I have since cleaned it and it is clear glass
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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 02:36:28 PM »
 :) Is the colour of the glass in the photos accurate?
It looks a bit yellow, and if that is the case, it will be glass rather than crystal.
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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by collector on Today at 02:30:11 PM »
Thank you for the warm welcome and the very helpful comments.  I have tried to upload another picture.  It appears that when you mentioned strawberry diamonds...I did a Google search and found an article which had a photo of almost the same pitcher....I think this is an very early 1820-1880 Champagne pitcher from the American Brillant Period...many copied the pattern but most likely to be Dorflinger & Sons.  What do you think now that I have given you this info....do you think it could be this?  Also I noticed that the cut with the cross hatching is almost identical to the Kennedy bowl by Waterford which is Strawberry Cut Diamonds.  Any info will help me and thank you for your time.
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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 11:51:51 AM »
hi - welcome to the GMB :)      sorry, not a clue as to origin or date of your glass, other than to say it's probably C20.                The V shaped cut (a mitre) is common, and when formed in lattice pattern like this it produces what are called relief diamonds  -  they aren't in relief literally, but that's the appearance this type of cutting creates.     Your picture is too small to see clearly but from what you're saying the cross-hatching on the tops of the diamonds is usually referred to as strawberry diamonds.
Probably easier if you save pix to your own picture library on your pc, then edit and re-size  -  the results can then be posted directly to this Board  -  maximum size of the long dimension mustn't exceed 700  -  as already suggested, there are lots of tips and guidance to help with posting pix.

As a total guess, I'd suggest this is a water jug  -  not, I don't think a claret jug - but depending on origin perhaps even for lemonade, but this slender shape is unusual  -  appears it wouldn't hold much water - but the pouring lip leaves us in no doubt as to the fact that we're supposed to pour something from the jug - assume this doesn't incorporate an ice lip. 
I'm struggling to pigeon hole this slender shape  -  doesn't appear as art nouveau or deco in MHO.        The chances of finding specific information on this design - without knowing the maker - is slim to say the least, unfortunately  -   cut glass jugs have been made for eons, and probably the majority lack a makers mark.             Cut glass appears to have less devotees than most other glass collecting areas, which tends to limit replies.
Old is a rather subjective term  -  what is the extent, if any, of wear  -  and do scrutinize the body carefully  -  backstamps can be notoriously difficult to find.

Lastly, it won't help with an id, but folk here dislike busy backgrounds  -  your garden and furniture are important obviously, but not when trying to discern the ins and outs of the features of glass.             Hope you won't take this as personal criticism, we all goof on occasions, but we need you to give us the maximum ability to help with deciphering the features of your glass. :)
If you can, please post another picture with a plain dark background.
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Glass / Zelezny Brod Sklo vase?
« Last post by kwqd on Today at 11:32:22 AM »
This vase was identified as by Zelezny Brod Sklo by the person who sold it to me. It was really inexpensive, so I decided to buy it as a research opportunity. It has a date, 1980, and two lines of text inscribed on it. One line appears to be "ZBS". The other is indistinct and is something like "B.ll." or "B.lh", perhaps the artist's name. I know that ZBS was made up of several factories, but not which factories were active in 1980. I also cannot find mention of a glass artist whose name fits the indistinct line of the inscription. The vase, itself, is well executed, but the decoration not so much, which gave, and gives me, pause as most ZBS glass I have seen from this period was pretty sophisticated, though I have not seen much with an applied design. Any opinions on whether this is ZBS, what factory may have made it, which artist could have made it and is the indistinct line of text a signature, welcomed!
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Glass Trinket Sets / Re: Can't find www.glasstrinketsets.com???
« Last post by NevB on Today at 07:26:11 AM »
I get the same problem "IP server address could not be found". Don't know why.
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Glass Trinket Sets / Can't find www.glasstrinketsets.com???
« Last post by theElench on Today at 06:29:41 AM »
Yesterday and again this morning I'm getting a "Can't find this page" message when I try going to the GTS website.  Is the problem with me or is it somewhere else?
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Glass / Re: What is this? I have no idea....Can you help please
« Last post by collector on Yesterday at 06:39:22 PM »
Thank you, after many attempts I now hope it is on
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