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Bohemian Art Glass2303 of 2640Thrift shop findCZECH EGG-SHAPED LIQUEUR SET
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Posted 2 years ago

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Alfredo
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I bought the inkwell (pic. 1) because the top reminded me of the tops in my Hansa inkwells. Extremely heavy glass shading from apple green to clear, about 3.5", with its corresponding ceramic well. it reminded me of Moser.

The vases (pics. 2,3)were found on UK E-Bay. 8" tall, in clear shading to green at the bottom, mold blown, with a ridge pattern on the four corners, and a British DL hallmark for 1907. The shape corresponds to Welz-attributed vases.

A little known fact which has come to light recently deals with the relationship between Czech glass and British silversmiths. It has been established that David Loebl imported Czech glass into England through a firm called Schindler & Co, located in Jablonec and London. The glass was fitted with British hallmarked silver, which included his initials. Thus, the DL on any British hallmarked silver rim is a clear indicator of a Czech provenance.

A fellow Glasshound has provided this very plausible explanation, since rims appear with no mark at all, the word "sterling" and the full hallmark. According to his theory, unmarked rims signified lower quality silver. "Sterling" meant higher quality silver, but not yet up to the exacting standards of the British silver industry. A full hallmark meant it could be sold as British silver in the international glass market.

A word of caution: do not expect perfect silver rims. Most are heavily dinged. But you can polish them (carefully) as much as you want! So far, I have mostly Rindskopf, but also some Kralik and even a "Loetz" in my collection (pic. 4)

Mystery Solved

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