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Posted 7 months ago

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Alfredo
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WELL, MY ERSTWHILE "RESTORER SUPREME" FRIEND WRITES THAT HE STUMBLED ON AN ELEPHANT WITH A BROKEN TUSK, IN IRIDESCENT WHITE MARTELE. HE WILL FIX IT AND I CAN HAVE IT. HE ALREADY HAS TWO, DULY STAMPED WITH THE LOETZ LATE OVAL MARK.

PIC. 1. SO, I DO SOME RESEARCH AND FIND OUT HE HAD ALREADY IDENTIFIED IT AS A VERY EARLY DESIGN: 1-4821 (1902). BUT HIS, WITH THE OVAL MARK WERE MADE AFTER 1918. BECAUSE OF THE DECOR AND THE ABSCENCE OF A MARK, I AM BETTING THIS ONE IS MUCH EARLIER.

PIC. 2-3. ENTER DEALER DESCRIPTION. I ALMOST FELL OFF MY CHAIR!
“This ca. 1950’s hand built glass elephant was damaged in a recent move and needs professional restoration. It measures 7 ¼” x 4 ¼” x 11 and takes the form of an Indian elephant with open back (ground edge) for holding ??. The glass is clear without inclusions and is textured overall in a very convincing imitation of elephant’s skin. It is in excellent condition aside from the broken tusk and looks like Tossa or similar quality”.

"TOSSA"?

PIC.4. IN MY CULTURE, THERE IS A TRADITION STATING THAT ONE SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 7 ELEPHANTS, ALL POINTING AT THE DOOR WITH THEIR TRUNKS, FOR GOOD LUCK. HERE IS MY HERD:

BACK ROW: MOSER, PINK QUARTZ (WHO DOES NOT WANT A PINK ELEPHANT?), IMPERIAL.
FRONT ROW: BOUGHT AS A SET OF SEVEN, THESE ALL HAVE A MYSTERIOUS MK MOLD MARK (A FUTURE POSTING).

I ALSO HAVE A TINY RUCKL THAT CAME IN ITS RUCKL BOX (NOT PICTURED)

WITH THE LOETZ, I'LL HAVE 12. ONE MORE TILL MY LUCKY NUMBER.

AS YOU CAN TELL, THE TUSK IS ALREADY FIXED!

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  1. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 7 months ago
    Wow - I've got some work to do - we have one elephant - one of the little Moser ones, in amber glass, but his trunk is indeed pointed toward the door. :)

    Nice collection of pachyderms!
  2. dlfd911 dlfd911, 7 months ago
    When I was photographing it I found that acid mark on the bottom, which was hard to see in the light at the seller's house, and I only noticed under my photography lights. So the Martelé is also post-1918. The musteschnitte shows a seal and hippo from 1928, and I believe these elephants are all from production numbers close to those two.

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