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Author Topic: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"  (Read 1824 times)

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #90 on: February 23, 2021, 06:54:14 PM »
On the green decanter, McConnell says “Deep swag-cut uranium-green body...”

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #91 on: February 23, 2021, 07:43:20 PM »
Thanks :)

So it's quite similar to the pattern on these decanters though even on these pics it's still quite hard to see the actually cutting annoyingly:

https://guinevere.co.uk/product/accessories/barware/pair-victorian-cut-crystal-decanters/

adding for easy comparison the green one:

https://www.sedlerantiques.com/antique-silver/archive/antique-victorian-sterling-silver-glass-claret-jug-wine-decanter-1839/2579/

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #92 on: February 23, 2021, 08:48:51 PM »
Yes, similar...although the green one looks quite a lot sharper, but that maybe the photos :)

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #93 on: February 23, 2021, 08:54:08 PM »
yes actually looking at the edges of the clear decanters  the swags look quite 'rounded' - not as though they are cut. 
Will try and find a better comparison of swag-cuts.

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #94 on: February 27, 2021, 08:51:13 PM »
As per my musing in this quote  - I wonder if these Thomas Hawkes plates were the enamelled glass dessert service referred to:
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O4967/plate-thomas-hawkes-co/plate-thomas-hawkes/

A much more comprehensive list of items here in The Mirror from 1837 Supplementary Number. No.863.

It prints the reports from various papers and is very detailed from page 323 onwards 'The Banquet':

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101075454072&view=1up&seq=359&q1=glass

Few  interesting things of note:

1) There are mentions of both finger basins (page 323 and listed as a part of the dessert service)
and also finger-glasses  which we've already noted a previous link.
It also mentions 'wine glass rinsers'. 


2) It's clear the mention of the Royal Arms on the items ( page 325 - same report as before)

 
3) An aside The left hand column on page 325 talks about a 'new introduction which attracted great notice' - enamelled glass dessert plates, exquisite workmanship and 'entirely the production of our native artists'. 
I wonder what those were?  It would be good to find them.



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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #95 on: June 10, 2021, 08:48:52 PM »
M, not sure if this is any help for you. In the June 2021 (issue 11) of Glass matters. The magazine of the Glass Society.
There is a 3 page article titled, Uranium glass; part 1. Its origins; Riedel, Pohl or Whitefriars?.
By John Frith.
Tim

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #96 on: June 10, 2021, 08:55:17 PM »
Thank you Tim.

I should get a copy -  :-X hope I'm up to date on my subs.  Must check.

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #97 on: June 10, 2021, 09:01:04 PM »
There was this article written a good few years ago (Frith 2013, Looking at Uranium glassware styles) that mentions
'Between 1845 and 1870 most British uranium glass was made by Thomas Webb and Sons .  ...'
https://issuu.com/worldantiquesart/docs/ct111_sept_2013_249704

It does go on to mention other makers but does not seem to be referring to the period of the 1830s, rather much later in the century.

The bowl was supposed to have been made for 1837 though.

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #98 on: June 10, 2021, 09:15:16 PM »
Tim when did you receive your copy?
I don't seem to have it and don't know how to contact to try and get one  - is it online?

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Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Reply #99 on: June 11, 2021, 09:16:40 AM »
M, my copy arrived on Tuesday this week.
The person to contact is Maurice Wimpory.
Membership @theglasssociety.org.
I’m not sure if you can get a digital download.
All the best,
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