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Glass Paperweights / Re: Paperweight for id
« Last post by KevinH on Yesterday 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 October 19, 2017, 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 October 19, 2017, 10:55:35 PM »
Hi Kevin

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

Kind regards

British & Irish Glass / Re: E.Varnish mercury glass with embossed seal, circa 1849
« Last post by flying free on October 19, 2017, 10:33:30 PM »
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,'

Glass Trinket Sets / Re: German Sindorf Neckar trinket sets – variants?
« Last post by Anne on October 19, 2017, 10:15:07 PM »
I'm still not 100% certain of Mystery #82 as Neckar, as the green frosted and pink frosted ones appear to have a groove along the ridges of the pots. My Neckar pot doesn't have such a ridge, neither do the other unfrosted ones in the pics, nor the enamelled ones.   

Malta Glass / Re: Is this a real Michael Harris signature?
« Last post by WhatHo! on October 19, 2017, 10:09:01 PM »
I think it is correct :)
Glass / Unknown signed art glass
« Last post by WhatHo! on October 19, 2017, 09:56:03 PM »
Hi, can any one tell who made this item that has recently ended on ebay pls? I really like it and I had a few bids but was well out-bidded. Love to know who made pls, tia Wolfie
British & Irish Glass / Re: E.Varnish mercury glass with embossed seal, circa 1849
« Last post by flying free on October 19, 2017, 09:41:19 PM »
Thoughts on the process of the making:

So process wise in the making of these coloured, cut, double walled, silvered internally, plugged at the bottom vases [Mod: edit ... items rather than just vases], from Mr Thomson's business - would this be right? :-

1) items designed at Thomson's some by Mellish (see court case 10th May 1852)

Varnish under examination said of Mellish:
my later edit  'he was constantly employed for us, from the morning till late at night frequently—in the evening he would go down to Messrs. Powell's glass works, and be there perhaps half the night, getting things made under his own inspection—they were things which he had designed, made drawings of, and carried out—that was perhaps three or four times a week'

and then designs taken down to Powell's (or other makers if it is proven other makers were used)

Then at Powell's (or other makers if it is proven other makers were used):

2) Blown in clear

3) In some cases, cased in colour 
(perhaps not that easy even in 1850 as ensuring the colours annealed at compatible rates was important?
    and even in the reports of the Great Exhibition, whilst I think I've read some reports extolling the virtues of British Glass starting to
    compete with Bohemian glass in terms of colour, British glass was late to the market in terms of colour development wasn't it?)
[Mod: edit ... it was very likely that Powells were chosen as a maker because of their skills with colours at that time.]

4) Double-wall effect to create a double-walled item then carried out by blower on the cased glass (v difficult) 

5) Foot needed to be formed - I've read somewhere (maybe CH British Glass in the experiment they did) that this was a difficult process.

6) Annealed  (see possible annealing rates issue above)

Possibly supplied to Thomson's at this point?

7) Pontil hole needed to be formed perfectly

8 ) Plug of glass(?) needed to be made to fit the hole exactly to go over the metal plug?

9) Item and plug to be engraved with numbers to ensure they fitted once the silvering process had been done

 Supplied to Thomson's premises?

10) Patterns for cutting designs drawn at Thomson's

11) Patterns cut (possibly by refiners at Thomson's, possibly by refiners working from home for Thomson?) - perhaps not an easy process on a piece of double-walled glass?

edited later by me to add 10th May 1852 proceedings Thomson said:
'...there were men engaged as glass cutters and glass polishers—they worked on the premises; at one period there were, I suppose, thirty men working on the premises, and perhaps seven or eight outdoor workmen'

12) Drayton's silvering process carried out at Thomson's - again a difficult process

13) Plug fitted.

14) Sold at Regent Street premises (or possibly by word of mouth by E Varnish as the 'commercial' partner?)

But.. none of Thomson's work would have been possible without the blown double-walled items in the first place.

edited to add - see also this thread where Tom Fuhrman discusses some of the difficulty in making these.,65710.msg367529.html#msg367529
  See also the experiment in CH British Glass where the difficulty in recreating even a single layer (not cased) double-walled vessel is noted)

Thomson says the double walled item was his idea but...
finding someone to make them and who could make them successfully was not easy.
Powell's were at least one of the companies and, it seems, the first one for Thomson's, that did so.


British & Irish Glass / Re: E.Varnish mercury glass with embossed seal, circa 1849
« Last post by flying free on October 19, 2017, 09:40:24 PM »
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