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British & Irish Glass / Re: Ink Wells, Ink Bottles and Stands
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 05:48:14 PM »
continuing the saga...........

possibly some confusion regarding a company by the name of Mordan, which judging by the attached picture from the Kew Register, looks to be showing different initial letters of S and F, and possibly separate London addresses..............   that's assuming they are indeed one and the same - they may not be of course  -  possibly someone here will know.     

The Registration we're interested in is 160895 from 26th March 1863, for an 'Ornamental Design for Ink Bottle', and which according to the Register appears to show the initial as F  -  and this looks to be corroborated by the factory drawing which again appears to be an F.       The address being given as Albion Works, City Road, London.
Immediately above this item in the Register is Rd. 158402 although here the initial letter is an S, and the address is given more specifically as 22 City Road, but omits the Albion Works part.    The factory drawing taken from the Representation Register shows a cranberry coloured drawing of a 'Minature (sic) Scent Bottle', and the initial letter on this drawing looks to be an upper case F.............    I could of course be wrong with my interpretations of C19 copperplate.

I notice that in his book Ray Slack gives the initial letter as S, on page 149. 

Descriptions of the status of the owners of these Registrations is given variously as Proprietor, Inventors and Manufacturers - so they look to be covering every angle.   

Grateful for any positive help from anyone for these items. :)
Glass / Ruby cut to clear vase - British or Bohemian?
« Last post by madhatterrus on Today at 05:38:51 PM »

I have this ruby cut to clear vase and am just wondering if it can be British? It's 10" tall.
Any ideas please?

Glass / Vintage Stuart Crystal
« Last post by Montybutton on Today at 05:30:58 PM »
Please can anyone help me identify the pattern of some vintage Stuart Crystal glasses, as I am keen to replace some that have accidently been broken?

I have attached two photos for reference. The glass is part of a set of six tumblers plus an elegant water pitcher/jug. They all bear the Stuart Crystal stamp on the base (see photo) and one of the remaining glasses and the jug carry the Ludwig Kny signature 'LKny'.

I have searched ebay and other search engines with no success, however if I knew the name of the pattern/design it would help.

They are such elegant glasses for water or beer and having been part of my family since the early 1900s I would dearly love to know more about them.
Malta Glass / Re: Mdina Lollipop vases
« Last post by WhatHo! on Today at 05:27:56 PM »
Hi John, do you mean pics of pieces made in Dark Blue? if so I cant because I don't know what pieces are made in this colour. If Jim says they used a pot of dark blue when he was there then they did, i have no doubt about that. The private convos ive had and the detail Jim goes into about the processes he used he would not get something basic like that wrong IMHO.
i think very likely what Sue is taking about is an example of this Dark Blue.
Are you of the opinion that they only had 1 blue during Jims period there?
Dark blue vase with an art nouveau style gold enamelled decoration. Four crimped marks to the top rim and a pretty deep pontil impression scar.

Thanks in advance for any info.
Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Austria / He or she?
« Last post by fontanazul on Today at 02:37:46 PM »
He or she?
This design is always attributed to René Roubíček. But in the Skrdlovice "Old catalog" is indicated as author to Miluše Roubíčková.
In my drawing I have rectified and attributed to Miluše.
It would be as simple as asking Mr. Roubicek. I have tried it through third parties, but I have not gotten an answer.
Someone knows?.

Él o Ella?
Este diseño es atribuido siempre a René Roubíček . Pero en el Skrdlovice "Old catalogue" se indica como autor a Miluše Roubíčková.
En mi dibujo yo he rectificado y atribuido a Miluše.
Sería tan sencillo como preguntar al señor Roubicek. Yo lo he intentado a través de terceras personas, pero no he conseguido respuesta.
Alguien sabe?.
Glass / Re: bristol/cobalt blue glass id?
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 02:31:49 PM »
I'd agree that these look to be modern - perhaps from the last 30 - 40 years.             Unsure what is meant by re-ground  -  is the suggestion that this has been reduced from the original height, perhaps?  -  and there is a sense that this might have been made more from the point of view of decoration than ordinary use, possibly, although obviously they can be used for drinking.
I can't see the underside of the foot clearly, so unsure if there is a depression or not  -  the foot is possibly the most important part of a drinking glass, and can help to indicate how the glass might have been made and give some idea of age.

My opinion is that this is not Bristol blue, which is a deeper and richer colour  -  so this possibly is cobalt.     I don't think that the bubbles and ripples will mean a great deal on this occasion.         Assuming that the rims are identical on all three pieces, then it's quite possible these glasses originated on the Continent and are not British.          Continental glasses often have ground/bevelled bowl rims, whereas British glasses are more than likely to have a fire polished smooth rim.

Looking at your specific interest in glass, then hope it isn't being suggested to you that these are Georgian in date  -  but would be interested to hear what sort of description has been provided.

Regret to say we don't discuss values here, even for glass that has been 're-ground' - but it would be true to say that a glass that is known to have been reduced from its original height will be of less value than had this not been the case.       Values are a very personal aspect of glass, and we all have different ideas as to what something is worth, so you can imagine this is a very contentious area for discussion, and best avoided.

If you're new to collecting drinking glasses then the best advice is to buy a few books - also visit antiques markets or anywhere where you can handle glass  -  even if you haven't the remotest intention of buying -  it's the cheapest way of educating yourself and worth many hours of reading or even using the GMB. ;)
Glass / Re: Cut glass decanter pattern or signature help please.
« Last post by flying free on Today at 12:58:30 PM »
Came across this accidentally - I read J Beer or J Breen?
Germany / Re: Coloured glass bowl found in Denmark
« Last post by rocco on Today at 12:28:33 PM »
Hi, welcome to the board! :)

Your bowl was made at Walther Glas, Germany. 1970s I would think...
Here is a link to a labeled one >>

Glass / Re: bristol/cobalt blue glass id?
« Last post by neverwork on Today at 11:42:00 AM »
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