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Glass Reference Websites / Re: Ingrid exhibition in Jablonec
« Last post by KevinH on Yesterday at 11:03:53 PM »
Yes - it works. And it also allows downloads!

Good photos.
Glass / Re: Percival,Yates & Vickers creamer ca. 1865
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 11:03:08 PM »
hope the attached pix might help  ...............  did have a look on the Board's archive, but seems we didn't have pix of these four Registrations.
Glass Paperweights / Re: Possible Scottish bookends
« Last post by brucebanner on Yesterday at 10:44:30 PM »
Hello Kevin they look like they have been machine cut you can see fractures around the outer back rim, not cracked as with yours unless ground back and polished flat, I will try and take a close up.

I have been looking at other Ysart which looks really well made I just wonder why these are so crude.

I have give them a good clean and the outer surface on the one looks heavily worn which makes me think they were old when cut up or polished. The other also shows signs of wear .
Glass Paperweights / Re: Possible Scottish bookends
« Last post by KevinH on Yesterday at 10:35:10 PM »
I have no idea how tricky it would be to cut  a paperweight in half though. Im thinking you would have to have the right cutting disk to do it.
I guess it could be done with the right tools. But far more likely that these weights are examples of an extensive "stress fracture" / "annealing crack" that suddenly appeared one day after perhaps a sudden change in surrounding temperature, or a direct impact etc. See the images below of a weight I have (top and bottom views) which has a full stress fracture through most of it - yet still hangs together as a complete item. It might suddenly decide to separate itself one day. Stress / annealing fractures can quite often be found in Vasart items, especially from the Ysart Brothers years.

When a weight separates into two pieces because of a stress failure, it is unlikely to have a perfectly smooth and a straight fracture. Some gentle grinding and perhaps polishing can easily provide a surface that is safe to handle or, as with the bookends, make them effective for mounting. Are those bookend weights perfectly straight and smooth at the fracture?

I'm wondering if they are ysart did they make bookends or ever make other pieces of furniture.
I have not heard of the Ysart men making bookends or furniture of any kind - except when Salvador Ysart made a fully glass table with spiraled decoration - but which ended up broken (see towards the end of this page in the Ysartglass site).
Glass / Re: Can you help ID this for me please!?
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 10:34:19 PM »
It seems to have been a habit - perhaps more in rural areas - for both glass and pewter tankards, in pubs, to carry engraved initials/names   ...........  we perhaps forget now that in the C19 the pub was a meeting place for gossip and games, and somewhere patrons met in the sense of a club.  Suspect beer was cheaper then, too. ;)
But engraving on shot glasses seems unusual  -  though perhaps if this were a personal item for rum (naval example), then this might make all the difference - unfortunately, we shall never know.
Chris a good example would be those carafes with filgree, my red one was almost pristine your blue one had lots of wear (might even be a similar age to the weight if they were made by Josephine):,65575.0.html

Germany / Re: hell halbweiss?
« Last post by ian.macky on Yesterday at 10:28:02 PM »
It appears to be the technical term for glass, which isn´t perfectly clear, but has the typical tinge of e.g. recycled glass.  So it should have the typical greenish tinge to it.

Thank you; that fits. isn't responding, but the wayback machine has the pages: they list three colors for their 750 ml Bordeaux Allegee BM: weiß, halbweiß and lichtgrün.

In german sometimes the term ´weiß´ (white) is used synonymically with ´klar´ (clear).

Would there be a distinction between klar and krystall, i.e. degree of clarity?  I'm inclined to think this is just more marketing.

In the insulator world, when they wanted a colorless glass, and used "glassmaker's soap" (manganese dioxide) instead of expensive and rare pure silica sand, they ended up with what collectors call "off-clear": colorless, but not really clear, since the manganese added a purple tint which just countered the greenish tint caused by iron contamination (and both tints were subtractive).  Off-clear is sort of very light gray, if you can picture that in glass (a couple examples attached).
British & Irish Glass / Re: Scilly vase with stretched canes
« Last post by glassobsessed on Yesterday at 10:27:49 PM »
A perfume bottle with millefiori and this time that paper label. Looks like a layer of grey (powder) under the millefiori, snapped mark at base, the stopper/dibber is long and nearly reaches the bottom.

Glass / Re: Percival,Yates & Vickers creamer ca. 1865
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 10:23:40 PM »
having now looked at TNA pix for 189121/2, there are notable design similarities with 183352/3, but I'm no wiser unfortunately, as to why the factory drawings for the earlier pair, together with Jenny Thompson's drawing, show those large stars, and your creamer doesn't (neither do stars appear on 189121/2).            This doesn't mean your piece is unrelated and it has such a close similarity in other respects, but I'm no expert on this factory  -  perhaps Neil can give an opinion :)
Jenny Thompson was obviously keen to point out in her book that the sugar and creamer were adorned with "large star pattern grouped round middle", for 183352/3.

Drawings for both 189121/2 show a lidded butter dish with an impressed star to the base, and a raised cogwheel pattern in relief around the rims of both the base and lid, and on the finial of the butter lid  -  but as I say no stars.        This cogwheel pattern is common to all four Registrations - the earlier pair date to January of 1865, and the later pair to August of the same year.
The earlier pair of Registrations are for a sugar and creamer, and my opinion is that the later pair of Regs. refer the lid and base, separately, of the butter dish only.

Will post pix shortly  -  am still mystified as the absence of stars on your creamer, assuming it is related to Reg. 183353.
Glass / Re: Can you help ID this for me please!?
« Last post by pebble on Yesterday at 10:19:42 PM »
Thank you! That's a great help. I think you are right in initials EJ... strange glass to be monogrammed but perhaps they had their own at the local hostelry  ;D
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