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Malta Glass / Re: Earthtones at Mdina and MDG; Discussion.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 08:00:39 PM »
That's fine, Patrick, I'm sure it was all in good faith.
What was actually said was confusing and some folk interpreted it to mean that Boffo had been the designer, but he wasn't.

There is enough wrong information out there, it doesn't need spread around. :)

The Mdina factory itself doesn't appear to want to acknowledge everything they got from Michael Harris.
The entire Maltese glass industry! ;D The idea, the facilities, the training and the designs.
He started it all.
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Malta Glass / Re: Earthtones at Mdina and MDG; Discussion.
« Last post by Patrick on Today at 07:50:25 PM »
Hi,

When I originally started this topic I did it in good faith and am happy if my original comments are proved wrong.
 One thing that has been discovered our conversations with Raymond is here in a comment from Sue.........
I had long suspected the nitrate was used for the background in Earthtones rather than the chloride used in other things, the colour of the background is often paler.
And then later on at Mdina, it goes even flatter and paler still.

All best wishes,

Patrick.
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British & Irish Glass / Re: Ravenhead Glass, Help needed!
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 07:30:13 PM »
Thank-you for taking the time and trouble to join the board to pass this information on. :)
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Malta Glass / Re: Earthtones at Mdina and MDG; Discussion.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 07:22:57 PM »
So was mine.  ;D
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Malta Glass / Re: Earthtones at Mdina and MDG; Discussion.
« Last post by Lustrousstone on Today at 07:20:20 PM »
and Chris's ex-perfume bottle is cased in milk bottle glass too
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Myself I think the base was never used as a piano insulator itself. But the design was changed slightly and turned into a lidded pot based on the original insulator design. The lids are the same colour as the base only looking paler due to the thickness of the glass.

Mine went into the recycle bin a few months ago due to the lid going missing.

Roy
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Malta Glass / Re: Earthtones at Mdina and MDG; Discussion.
« Last post by glassobsessed on Today at 07:15:08 PM »
As for shapes look at the first link in Reply#4 of this thread.

The neck of the shape in that link is distinctive, as far as I can tell a shape used in the mid 70s, maybe later too. Just like these three, date them and you have a reliable indicator.
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Malta Glass / Re: Earthtones at Mdina and MDG; Discussion.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 07:08:09 PM »
You are asking for proof that Earthtones was made at Mdina before MDG was set up?

I thought what we needed was proof Earthtones was made at Mdina long before '78?

We have to use what is available. As you know, things were not catalogued, signed or dated, so we have to use information such as shapes, ground or polished out pontil scars and other features that are only on early pieces.

The nearest thing we have as concrete evidence is that Michael Harris made that globe I showed, at IoWSG after he left Mdina, it has a coachbolt pontil mark, which accurately dates it to mid-to-late 1973 and which Marc now owns.
It proves that Michael Harris was making that design, in 1973, the design he created at Mdina.
Research and finding out new stuff is my passion. I would always encourage it.

nemmie has said he's had a piece of Earthtones with a polished pontil mark, that's early '70s. But we don't have images.
Bullet bowls are early shapes, those triangular thick perfume bottles are early shapes.
I have a massive doorstopper in Earthtones, those are early, pre-'78 shapes, I believe.
I do not think there is any evidence that they were made after Said took over in '75 and things went a bit splodgy.

The tall Earthtones stoppered bottle I showed is cased in milk-bottle glass, not nice clear crystal.
Do you have the date they stopped using broken bottles?
I'm sure that's one of the things your fb group knows about.
This piece would pre-date that.




 
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British & Irish Glass / Re: Ravenhead Glass, Help needed!
« Last post by haxglass on Today at 06:53:13 PM »
Hello, this is my first post on this forum. You state that the United Glass Sherdley plant closed in 1964. This is not the case. I was appointed Furnace Superintendent for the UG sherdley plant in 1967 when there were three furnaces in production, 25 shop produced amber glass and nos 26 and 27 produced green glass. 26 shop was using an Owens rotary vacuum machine to produce Gordons Gin bottles. The last time I saw that machine it was in the Birmingham science museum. I was later Works Chemist of both the Sherdley and Peasley Plants until I left the company in 1976 when Sherdley was still in operation. Hope this info is helpful
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