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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => Scandinavian Glass => Topic started by: Flypogger on May 21, 2009, 05:00:38 PM

Title: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines -ID = Ernest Gordon for Afors
Post by: Flypogger on May 21, 2009, 05:00:38 PM
Hi - was helping out with an estate and found this nifty vase - didn't have much time but got off a quick shot - clear, about 8 inches tall, with etched lines that remind me of a globe, and a few small squares etched in also. There is a signature, but I couldn't really make it out - looked kinda like

Gruet gordon go 1042 afoe

written in script on bottom. I am guessing Scandinavian because there was a fair amount of Scandinavian glass, enamel and other bric a brac, and most of the stuff in the home dates from the 50s-60s. Also, here's an external link to a slightly bigger picture

http://gallery.me.com/surfink69#100010&bgcolor=black&view=grid

Thanks for any help!

On a different note, I was wondering what the etiquette was for posting help on glass identification. I have been collecting for about 15 years, and go to at least 2 or 3 estate/tag/garage sales a week, so I have a few mystery pices of glass that have so far avoided classification. is it OK to post a bunch under one topic, or each individually? Again, thanks for any help!

Pete

Title: Re: I.D HELP - Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed
Post by: glassobsessed on May 21, 2009, 05:16:14 PM
Hello Pete, if you ask about one item per post then the threads stay nice and simple for us slower folk.

A guess as to your signature would be Ernest Gordon who designed wonderful glass for the glass makers Afors.

Near the top of the screen is a search box, if you enter his name there you will then see a list of threads on this forum with more (hopefully) relevant info.

Nice looking vase you have there.

John.
Title: Re: I.D HELP - Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed
Post by: obscurities on May 21, 2009, 05:23:41 PM
If Gareth sees this he can confirm if it is Ernst Gordon or not.

Maybe an administrator can add Afors and/or Gordon to the heading????

Craig
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed Ernst? Afors?
Post by: glassobsessed on May 21, 2009, 06:58:21 PM
I seem to remember from another thread on the message board that Ernest Gordon (who was English I think) worked in Sweden for many years and that the Swedish spelling of his name would have been Ernst. So it is probably a good idea to search for info using both spellings.

John.
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed Ernst? Afors?
Post by: taylog1 on May 21, 2009, 07:49:59 PM
Pete,

Yep, I'd go for Ernest Gordon - signature probably reads "Ernest Gordon GS 1042 Afors". [The 1### numbers are GS, and tend to either be engraved lines or cut glass].

I've not seen this one before, but typical of his stuff, a lot of his bits weren't done in big runs - nice piece, good find.

Gareth

As always, if you ever decide to sell please let me know.   
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed Ernst? Afors?
Post by: Flypogger on May 22, 2009, 02:39:47 PM
Thanks John, Gareth and Craig! I really appreciate it!

Pete
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed Ernst? Afors?
Post by: obscurities on May 22, 2009, 02:50:50 PM
I must correct myself... Although he was English, and from what I learned from Gareth, he was the only
Englishman in the Swedish glass industry during that period, his name is always spelled Ernest, not Ernst as I spelled it previously. I knew that, just did not pay attention to my typing. 

I don't want Gareth to think I was not paying attention!!!   ::)

Craig
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines - signed Ernst? Afors?
Post by: taylog1 on August 17, 2009, 06:14:53 PM
Here's another in the same design - GS 1041

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390080109898

There's be another one in the series, he liked sets of three.

Craig - don't worry about the spelling, I'm sure I've seen bits signed Ernst, I understand in Sweden it's a much more common spelling than Ernest.

Gareth
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines -ID = Ernest Gordon for Afors
Post by: taylog1 on October 14, 2011, 08:00:08 AM
I said they travel in threes - here's the other one - the largest is 10" tall, GS 1043

Gareth
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines -ID = Ernest Gordon for Afors
Post by: obscurities on October 14, 2011, 12:41:53 PM
I love this design......

Craig
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines -ID = Ernest Gordon for Afors
Post by: rosieposie on October 14, 2011, 02:31:14 PM
So do I....I am warming more and more to Scandinavian glass, and these are so simple yet stylish.....gosh will I really have to start collecting glassware as well as animals.....will John still want to live here if I do.....yes,  he'll build another shelf!

Did Afors do anything in this sort of style in coloured glass as well, or was it always clear?

Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines -ID = Ernest Gordon for Afors
Post by: taylog1 on October 14, 2011, 03:12:52 PM
All their engraved stuff is on clear (or rather I've not found any exceptions) but he did a lot of coloured cased
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/thumbnails.php?album=800&PHPSESSID=e3395eac4abe8fa1240c6639fa7c492d

Gareth
Title: Re: Scandinavian Vase - Clear with etched lines -ID = Ernest Gordon for Afors
Post by: rosieposie on October 14, 2011, 03:25:37 PM
Thank you Gareth,  they are spectacular,  and you have made my mind up for me.....eek, I've already had three Christmas presents, and they don't look as though they come cheap!