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THE EMBOSSED CZECH PROVENANCE MARK: ANOTHER MYSTERY.

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Posted 3 years ago

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Alfredo
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This is not the kind of glass which would earn a place in most Czech glass collections. However, it is quite representative of mass-manufactured Czech glass for export, the kind that stocked the shelves of America's mom-and pop general stores in the early years of the 20th Century (pre- WWII).

Both pieces are 6" tall, frosted glass blown into molds with intricate optic patterns, colorful spatter on the bottom half, but most significantly, a provenance mark already embossed into the mold. So far I would have to classify them as "mystery pieces" since I have found no clue as to their maker. Other larger pieces with the same embossed mark have surfaced as well. The embossing constitutes what is probably the most permanent way to mark provenance. Their provenance earns them a place in my Czech glass collection.

Mystery Solved

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Love another "mystery"!
    Thanks again for the input Alfredo!
  2. czechfan, 3 years ago
    I am new here and trying to learn. These are regularly identified on ebay as Kralik. Is that not correct?
  3. Alfredo Alfredo, 3 years ago
    IT IS NOT INCORRECT, IT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN. BLUNTLY SPEAKING, NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHO USED THIS PROVENANCE MARK.
  4. czechfan, 3 years ago
    I am confused, if no one has shown it to be Kralik, or not Kralik wouldn't it be incorrect to call them Kralik? If no one knows who used this mark, then why would people identify the vases as Kralik.? seems odd to me. wouldn;t that mean you could call anything what you wanted if it has not been proven one way or another. Wouldn't it be more accurate to simply say the manufacturer is unknown rather than calling it something no one can prove it is or isn't? You yourself state say that you have found no clue as to maker and you seem to know more than most when reading all of the glass you have posted on here.
  5. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    eBay sellers often try to throw in keywords that they think will bring their auction more views - if it can't be disproved as Kralik then this will help them out, even if they explain in the description that it simply resembles Kralik work and the actual maker is unknown.
  6. Alfredo Alfredo, 3 years ago
    CZECHFAN, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD OF ANTIQUES. AS INTRICATELY DECEITFUL AS THE WORLD'S BANKING SYSTEM!
  7. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    how right you are, Alfredo :)
  8. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    I checked and you are right.
  9. charcoal charcoal, 2 years ago
    Awesome posting Alfredo. I had an example about a year ago with this same marking.

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