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( lesson for new collectors) Kralik Ball Vases same shape different decors

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Bohemian Art Glass2564 of 3377KRALIK MONUMENTAL SNAKE VASEchribska piece by joseph hospodka 1965
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Posted 2 years ago


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This is a show and tell lesson that i hope helps and informs new collectors of art glass and knowing what to look out for when buying
... notice these two kralik ball vases are the exact same shape each bearing different colors and decors. when i first purchased the red tango piece with green decor it was abouut 20 yrs ago, and before i got "serious" about learning all i could about czech art glass.. this vase was an ebay purchase and was being sold as "mint cond".. so i purchased it.
the seller was local and even arranged for an inperson pickup and pay, which was very nice because i saved on shipping. she knew i was "new" to czech glass and never bothered to inform me (nor was it listed in the description) of the "hideous" grinding that she had done on this vase to remove extreme breaks and or chips.. me being "green" and me having no knowledge of such a thing, went on about my buisness.. and yes, i paid what i consider "top dollar" for the vase at the time..
as a few years pass and i began to notice how the rim on this piece was different from other's that were cut from the top and didnt have fire polished rim's which are rounded.. pieces that arent fire polished should have a flat smooth straight cut edge on the rim..
so slowly began to realize ive been duped!.. notice in the photos just how different the rims are.. i keep this vase as a reminder of what to look out for and because i love the color's..
in my opinion, the grinding down of the rim render's it worthless.. and i would never pass it on to anyone else.. so it set's on my display shelves till the end... measurements are... 7 3/4" tall and the one that was "destroyed" 7 1/2" also wanted to add the "good one" has had the outer edge of the rim gently grinded as well prob due to edge flakes.... BUT, i knew this before hand and didnt mind to much because i found it to be a "rare" color..
i really hope this helps the new collector and find my story useful.. happy collecting everyone and may the glass be with you all :)


  1. Justanovice Justanovice, 2 years ago
    Thank you vertraio50, very much appreciate your advice and wisdom!!
  2. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    LOL... Justanovice, Tis i Czechman.. you must have had V50 on your mind at the time of your comment!...Ill take it as a compliment.. V50 is awesome :)
  3. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thanks everyone for the loves
  4. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thanks kerry, sean and v50
  5. Justanovice Justanovice, 2 years ago
    Sorry czechman for the wrong title, it is just that vertriao50 always gives such a lot of historic information with his posts that it put me in mind of him. But as you say
    'he is awesome' so I am pleased you did not mind!!!:)
  6. Justanovice Justanovice, 2 years ago
    Must keep off the red wine whilst on the computer!!!!!
  7. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    LOL... no worries Justanovice :)
  8. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thank you sean :)
  9. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thanks phil and inky
  10. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thank you manddmoir
  11. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thanks Craig, loetzbuddies and ks85
  12. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thanks mac63
  13. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    thank you ozmarty
  14. czechman czechman, 2 years ago
    Thanks LeahG
  15. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
    Gary, I hope this is okay to ask - do you mind sending me your email? I found something for sale that I thought you might like to see regarding this vase decor - pretty cool, I thought. Mine is
  16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
  17. AmberRose AmberRose, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the info! Missed it the first go around. Wow, so shady.
  18. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Great information to pass on to new collectors. Most of us has similar "lessons" in our collections!


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