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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => British & Irish Glass => Topic started by: Leni on April 20, 2006, 10:10:07 AM

Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: Leni on April 20, 2006, 10:10:07 AM
I'll be brief (makes a change!) as I'm not well.  (See Cafe post  :( )  

I finally rose from my sickbed to unwrap this parcel, and discovered I'd failed to take in the SIZE  of the vase! :shock:  I thought I was buying a little one :oops:  "Pay more attention, the girl at the back!"   :roll:  

So what I want to know is, do the experts think this is a 'Stourbridge' vaseline vase?  If not, what / where / who?   http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-1588  
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-1587
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-1586

And as you see, it has a tiny chip, which the seller suggested could be smoothed out.  Does anyone think this is worth getting done?  It's very small and doesn't show very much at all - I had to search for it, having been told it was there, but it's only visible from a certain direction.
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: Lustrousstone on April 20, 2006, 10:23:27 AM
It's a lovely vase, just how big is big? Perhaps it can keep the others in order. I would have said it's only worth having the chip done if you want to sell it on and doing so would increase its value
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: Connie on April 20, 2006, 10:46:31 AM
Leni - If the chip is small, the vase can be displayed where it doesn't show and it doesn't bother you - I say leave it alone  :lol:

BTW - I love it.  This is much more my style.  Shhh!! Don't tell the others, but I really don't care for all those "modern" pieces  :oops:
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: Leni on April 20, 2006, 10:59:12 AM
Quote from: "Lustrousstone"
It's a lovely vase, just how big is big? Perhaps it can keep the others in order.

Sorry, I forgot to say the size.  Not on form at the moment  (http://www.smileys.ws/smls/speechless/00000008.gif) It's 7" high and 6" across the widest part.  I do love it, but I really don't have room for anything quite that big!  I'd been disciplining myself to only buy small pieces, but it was so pretty, I just didn't read the description well enough  :roll:

I was thinking I'd keep it for a bit and then maybe sell it, which is why I wondered if the chip was worth repairing.  Anyone any idea how much grinding out a small chip would cost?
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: chopin-liszt on April 20, 2006, 06:24:54 PM
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Hello Leni,
Sorry to hear you've been under the weather  :cry: (and just about everything else by the sound of it!).

When I had the "mustard" lump removed, it cost about £8. I know, though, that having a bit of textured Strathearn sorted, which is a much more complex glass than Mdina, cost a lot more, nearer £35-40. I think the extra came from the fact that the Strathearn was textured as well as multicoloured, while the Mdina was just a straightforward polishing down on what was thick glass to start off with.

Would you end up loosing some of the opaline effect if yours were polished?

I reckon just leave it, if you can live with it. :D
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: pamela on April 20, 2006, 07:03:00 PM
Leni, I join Sue in this matter!
It's a real beauty and if you are going to sell it once, sell it with that small damage - you should also name that if ground out  so then: leave it to the buyer.... good luck :wink:
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: heartofglass on April 22, 2006, 01:35:21 PM
It's a beautiful vase,Leni. :)
Totally my kind of style! It does look very "Stourbridge" to me.
I do concur with Connnie's statement, I like the old glass best. They don't make it like they used to......
I think you should leave it as is, after all it is well over 100 (probably 120) years old & it's condition reflects it's long & interesting life, just like our own faces & bodies do! :D
I prefer signs of character to plastic surgery.......
Just a thought! :)
Title: a) Is this Stourbridge? b) Is it worth repairing?
Post by: Leni on April 22, 2006, 09:46:34 PM
Thank you all for your comments  :D I guess I'll keep this one for now, and leave it as it is.  

I always feel rather strange when I get a beauty like this for so little money  :shock:   I feel torn between being really pleased that I got it at a good price, and sad because no-one else wants such a beautiful and venerable old piece of glass because it has such a small, insignificant bit of damage!  :(  :roll: