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Andrew has all of his silvered double-walled glass marked Varnish  and Hale Thomson sold as 'no later than 1851'.

So either:
-  these were all items that have a provenance as being bought from the Great Exhibition
-  they have proof of purchase/making attached to all of them contemporary to and no later than 1851
- he knows something about the fact that they weren't being produced after 1851.

It states at the top of his page that:
'Many items marked with the hale Thomson/Varnish patent seal were manufactured by the Whitefriars manufactory.'

(Varnish said in the court case that they bought items from France as well as from Powell's.)

By contrast, the V& A has four items (those with pictures attached) as 'c.1850'

Were any produced later than 1851?  and how do the V&A and Linehams know those were the dates?


I've looked in the book. The Etsy one looks plausible for Mesto but I'm not convinced by yours or the other two I'm afraid
France / Re: St. Louis pressed trinket tray
« Last post by Scott13 on Today at 05:35:15 AM »

Hi Moderator, would it be possible to shift this one to Glass Trinket Sets ?

Many thanks

Glass / Re: Iridescent monogrammed clover shaped glasses
« Last post by Anne on Today at 04:42:16 AM »
I spotted a similar shaped duo on here ascribed to Lobmeyr: - scroll down to almost half way down the page.
and that deep teal is uranium glass, which is very unusual

Indeed Christine.

2. This set comes in the unusual Teal and very deep Turquoise shades as do other Muller pieces.

I should have said Teal and very Deep Blue perhaps Zaffre?

Having looked through my image catalogue and at the GTS links etc. it seems the so called "Egyptian" Maiden/Lady set was made in 3 Blues; Light Blue, Azure and Deep Blue/Zaffre plus the Teal.

I've also seen it in Clear, Pink/Peach, Amber and Uranium Green.

I've also seen the "Junior Miss" set in all those colours.
Glass Paperweights / Re: Paperweight for id
« Last post by KevinH on Today at 01:49:24 AM »
Thanks Hazel,

I have added the images to the post - and they show up big (enough) when clicked on, although not as big as could be achieved with the image hosting zoom control!

Have you tried resizing images with ? It is easy to follow and produces good results. Basically upload a copy of your file, set pixel size of longest side to around 700, click on the "resize" control. If it's still over 125Kb, just use the "back" control and reset the pixel size. When ok, click on "download".
Oh that's interesting Anne, I'll have to study these a bit more.
Glass / Re: textured large blue glass platter or shallow bowl - i.d. help pls
« Last post by rummager on Yesterday at 11:37:53 PM »
Thanks for your suggestions - apologies for not replying sooner

Pamela, - you appear to have been spot-on!

-Tonight (!),  whilst looking for something completely different, I spotted a similarly patterned/textured piece of clear glass on Etsy :

A further search for: Sklo Union, Vaclav Zajic, and Mesto    turned up two others - one in clear glass and the other in blue - on eBay
(auction ended)

- is this pattern referenced in in Newhall's "Sklo Union" book? - or elsewhere? 
I've tried the Sklo-union website(s) - and others - but there is no mention of this particular design.   (seems to have images of vases only?)

Many thanks
Glass Paperweights / Re: Paperweight for id
« Last post by glasseyed on Yesterday at 10:55:35 PM »
Hi Kevin

No problem, I only use an outside link as reducing the size is a pain....

Kind regards

Just adding this link for future reference.  These seem to be unusual - they are gold (described as rare) and have engravings on them instead of having geometric cut patterns.  I thought they were unusual in light of the fact that in one of the court cases, Thomson seems to bemoan Mellish's designs and says they will improve once Mellish is gone (or words to that effect iirc). 
And given the discussion about whether Powell made all the double-walled glass or not.

Close up of the engraving here:

They are gold. (described as rare)
They have engraved birds and foliage on them.
They are described as 'A pair of Varnish Glass goblets' and it says 'both goblets marked'.
They are dated as 'no later than 1851'

'Provenance: The Cadman Collection, Brighton,'

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