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Malta Glass / Re: Mdina Tricorn Bottle
« Last post by chopin-liszt on June 19, 2017, 10:23:48 AM »
I hadn't noticed that,  :-[ it looks as if it might be Michael Harris' writing.
Malta Glass / Re: Unknown origin. ID = Mdina
« Last post by WhatHo! on June 19, 2017, 09:37:20 AM »
People have had varying degrees of success contacting Mdina for info. I know some people have had success but ive written a few times about early Mdina and haven't had any replies. I think with the later Mdina signing they had various markings which seems to have regularly changed and there are no markings that have been used consistently enough to study and make conclusion from. Most of the styles of base signing up to the point of Eric Dobson leaving in 1985 are known.
Malta Glass / Re: Mdina Tricorn Bottle
« Last post by WhatHo! on June 19, 2017, 09:27:18 AM »
Nice piece, Boffo I think. Interesting scribed signature on the base, can you possibly put a clearer pic of that up pls?
Glass / Re: ID Irish Decanter and Rummer
« Last post by Paul S. on June 19, 2017, 08:30:58 AM »
Hi  -  May we see pix of the underside of both please.     These pieces may well be from the same source, but in the absence of conclusive evidence you may have to settle for 'possibly'.        Most Irish glass is unmarked, and it's from other features that we have to make decisions.

Looking at the lozenge shaped stopper with its very simple wheel engraving, plus the ornate 'feather garland and scattered stars' - then either the Cork Glass Co. or Edwards of Belfast were makers of similar pieces, but that's not really an assertion of proof, just my suggestions as to possibilities, and I'm sure others here will have their own thoughts.          The shape is possibly a taper - c. 1800 - 1820 - maybe.

As to the rummer - yes, it's very typical of Irish examples from c. 1820  -   barrel shaped bowl, thick strong probably cushion knop - thick and heavy looking foot, and the sort of wheel engraved decoration you'd expect for Irish.

Nice pieces  - how were they sold to you?  presumably without a suggested factory name.             There's a lot of Anglo-Irish glass out there and identifying a maker is very difficult in the absence of proof.            Suggest you get a copy of Phelps Warren's book on Irish Glass  -  the later edition if possible  -  and Andy McConnell's 'The Decanter Book' will also help.               As for rummers, then Timothy Mills book 'Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass' is indispensable.          Most of the information I've used here comes from these sources.

P.S.   It's common practice here to provide dimension of glass items  -  can be a help in some circumstances :)
Scandinavian Glass / Re: Help identifying Kosta Boda vase.
« Last post by fionix on June 19, 2017, 07:37:52 AM »
I would like to thank everyone for the feedback on the vase .

Looks like we did well according to you guys   ;)

It is a very interresting subject and i am really happy to learn stuff  about glass history and designers ...  It may become something serious !! 

I think we will keep the vase for a while ...
Glass / Re: Pair of dram? glasses - opinions as to likely age, please?
« Last post by Kevin B on June 18, 2017, 09:45:53 PM »
I think your dating is spot on. When I see that combination of panel fine cutting, I would usually place it into the 1820s. Here something from my collection with that combination. I am certain the stopper is original with this one too.
Glass / ID Irish Decanter and Rummer
« Last post by Kevin B on June 18, 2017, 09:32:43 PM »
I recently purchased an Irish Decanter and Rummer. I bought them separately but they appear to be from the same glasshouse. Does anyone recognise what glasshouse they might be from?  I have attached some pictures. Thanking you in advance. Kind Regards Kevin.
Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on June 18, 2017, 08:03:43 PM »
No, I'm saying zig -zags are a different kettle of fish to psychadelic-style strapping, and that other makers could do zig zags, it's a simple, repeating pattern to follow.
It doesn't take artistic talent to follow a regular simple pattern.
I do think zig zags are a MH design, what I'm saying is that he did not necessarily make them all. Others might have.

Even I could trail up and down, or round and round, with a bit of practice.

But it does take an innate talent to make a random psychadelic design all over a vessel. That is much more difficult and Michael Harris was the only one who could do it.
Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by Patrick on June 18, 2017, 07:47:44 PM »
Anybody at the studio who was a reasonable maker could put zigzags on; it takes somebody with intrinsic artistic talent to do the "random" stuff and get it looking good.

Are you saying the zigzag bowl is not a Harris design...... ?

I think it is the result of 'intrinsic artistic talent.'

Cheers ,


Glass / Re: Blue trailed vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on June 18, 2017, 07:38:43 PM »
That is exactly what this board is for and about, Andy. 8)
I was a complete ignoramus to start off with, but I've learned a lot from the helpful folk here over the years, through all sorts of interesting discussions, meetings, conferences, fairs and meeting ups.
The more you learn, the more you discover there is to learn and the more you realise you don't know.  ;D
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