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British & Irish Glass / Re: New Art Glass
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 03:22:48 PM »
Two Jo Downs coasters found today in a charity shop in Kendal...  one still has its label on the back.  8)
Glass News / Re: Toxic free crystal
« Last post by sph@ngw on Yesterday at 01:51:03 PM »
In the forty-odd years since I left the glass industry has anyone come up with any scientific data to indicate that a measurable amount of lead can ever, in normal use, be leached out of lead crystal?

Adam D.

Most certainly! Is the US Food & drug Administration and their researchers regarded as an acceptable authority and The Lancet IN 1991?
You have not read the Graziano & Blum Colombia University tests done on lead decanters, in 1988, that proved beyond doubt that new lead crystal decanters can omit alarmingly large doses of  lead when first used. It has caused most manufacturers to drop lead in their formulae as well as the fact that it is extremely vulnerable from attack by dishwasher usage on lead crystal glassware.
This was a game changer.
Then when adding lead to petrol  to stop engine knocking was abandon and replaces by better technologies lead crystal glass except for decorative ware was the exception. Why do you think Waterford Stuart and Royal Brierley all went bust about this time? lead, and bad marketing, design, changes in life styles and eating habits, etc. But lead usage played a big part!
I was with the Brussels Commissioners when we learnt they knew about the Us findings and 18 month ban on lead crystal in the US. Waterford were even selling baby's bottles made of lead crystal
California has proposition 65 with massive daily fines if the sale of lead crystal does not carry explicit warnings of poison and ill health to children and mothers from the use of lead crystal glass.
PS In the American language crystal means any glass regardless of lead content. In the EU there are legal definitions of crystal glass in 4 categories
A black light will show more than the presence of uranium.
Selenium and cadmium also used as colourants in glass give a colourful effect too.
Glass / BLue Swung Vase Cased White With White Ribbed Swirls On Outter Side
« Last post by jclearstl on Yesterday at 12:55:28 PM »
This vase is aprox 7" tall - when i purched this vase it had a reed&barton rogaska miller sticker attached to the bottom- from my research I have not been about to see if that is it original sticker to vase - if anyone has information or a direction on where to continue my search  it would be much appreciated
thanks for looking
Glass / Re: IOW -Meadow garden Michaell Harris signature.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 12:53:47 PM »
Elizabeth did not make glass, but she is a designer - quite famous in her own right.
Remember all the union flag tea towels, tea cosies, oven mitts, coffee mugs, waistcoats, miniskirts, minicars, tophats and general unionflaggishness of Carnaby Street? That was Elizabeth.  8)

I'm afraid I'm not convinced by the signature on the base of this globe at all. It does not look right to me.


Hi.  Depends what you mean by scarce!  They are much less common than Murano or Chinese paperweights, but I have probably seen 50 or so for sale or at auction over the last 5 years  (there were about 10 in two lots at one of my local auction houses recently).  The lack of references online may be because collectors are not particularly inspired by them.  They are covered quite well in one of Peter von Brackell's books.

Glass / Re: IOW -Meadow garden Michaell Harris signature.
« Last post by Lustrousstone on Yesterday at 07:12:09 AM »
It probably means he made it.
Could you send them by email please Angela? yobunny AT will reach me ( close up the spaces and change AT to @ ) and thanks again! :)
Glass / IOW -Meadow garden Michaell Harris signature.
« Last post by PaulFitz on March 03, 2015, 11:05:43 PM »
Hi,  I just need some help on this 10cms tall vase  .
Which looks to be Meadow Garden- Dog Rose .
The thing I don`t understand is that if it is designed by Elizabeth Harris why does  it have Michael Harris`s signature on the bottom. :-\
If some one could shed some light on this i would appreciate it.
Glass / Re: Murano? Two vases, blue /white glass, abstract flowers
« Last post by Paul S. on March 03, 2015, 10:09:05 PM »
 :) I could be wrong, but probably not - too much potential for disagreements is the likely reason, as already discussed.         Might suggest that you consider the figure you purchased at, then factor in some allowance for inflation, and err on the high side to start with, allowing you to consider some margin for counter offers or discount.

Obviously, we wish you luck :)
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