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Harrach, Neuwelt Enameled Frosted Glass vase, ca. 1865 - cleaned up nicely...

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Posted 3 years ago


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This poor piece was languishing underneath almost 150 years of dirt and smoke in a dealer's booth at the flea market this weekend. This was the same dealer I bought the Moser trinket dish from for $10.00. This dealer is a really nice guy, but glass is not really his main thing. I spotted this piece in his booth and he had $15.00 marked on it. Other than being really dirty, I knew it was very old and looking it over carefully, I could see that there was no damage at all. I said, "how about throwing in this old thing for another $10.00?"
"Sure", he said, and I happily left with my Harrach vase, which after a long soak in soapy water and a healthy scrub with a wet magic eraser, came out really beautiful. The form and decoration I attribute to Harrach, Neuwelt, ca. 1865. The middle two photos show the before and after.


  1. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    Very nice cleaning job! Wet magic eraser?
  2. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 3 years ago
    Jeff - Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original - I kid you not. I wouldn't recommend using this an all glass, but for this smooth-surfaced frosted piece, it did the trick taking off that black grimy stuff without damaging the enamel. It's the first time I ever used one on glass - after all, I was only risking a $10 item.
  3. dasullywon dasullywon, 3 years ago
    Oh the tools of the trade!
  4. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    Cool. Thanks for the tip! I may try it out on the inside of a Heckert Sutterlin that was obviously heavily used in the past. I've been trying to figure out how to get rid of the black/hard water residue inside the bottom.
  5. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 3 years ago
    For those tuning in at home - don't try the magic eraser on gold etching ink - it will take it right off. I would only use it on plain glass or baked on enamels - and carefully at that.

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