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Bohemian Art Glass1758 of 2626Kralik Shell Vases in a Meteor Decor...Small Diana Cieste Vase Loetz  or Kralik   ???
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Posted 1 year ago


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The Hosch catalog from the West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Monograph 59. is one of the best resources for Bohemian glass and would recommend this catalog in a heart beat. If everyone could still order from this catalog, it would be a glass collectors dream come true.

One of my favorite Kralik decors is what I have always known to be called, Silveria. (or is it?) Kralik "Silveria" decor is overshot frit with applied threading. British glass maker, Stevens and Williams produced this (patented) decor in 1900. Silveria from Stevens and Williams is casing of silver foil between two layers of colorless glass and has green threading. Developed by John Northwood II. I believe the Silveria decor for Bohemian art glass was adapted by collectors, because of the similarities by appearance when compared to Stevens and Williams, Silveria decor.

In the pics shown above are all from the WVMOAG Monograph 59. and are from a Hosch catalog. The common bond these pieces share is not the shape, but the decor. Notice they all have what most know as a Silveria decor. In the catalog, under each number by the example shown it is stated as Meteor.

Meteor is not a shape. Rather a decor name described in the Hosch catalog. I have always thought the shape of my Kralik sea shell vases found in the Hosch catalog were considered Meteor by shape and Silveria by decor. Seems I did not look further in the catalog to recognize that the other shapes with the same decor on the same page are stated as Meteor. Wanted to share what I finally see. It's all about learning something new even if it is a catalog I have looked at over and over. Hope this will shed some light on the subject of Kralik, Meteor vases.

Research changes every day and thank goodness anyone can "revise" anytime.


  1. czechman czechman, 1 year ago
  2. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Interesting, well researched information!

  3. ozmarty ozmarty, 1 year ago
    My c44 10 1/4"tall
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Halley's comet appeared in 1910. It is also responsible for other meteor events like the Eta Aquariids and the Orionid meteor shower that has been creating a stage just last weekend.
  5. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thank you for the loves and comments. I do appreciate it. :)

    Oz, your vase I absolutely love it! The applied rim is such a nice surprise to find and would have never of thought by looking at the illustration.

    Thanks for showering us, star gazers with more meteor interest, Vetraio50!
  6. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Thanks, Bellin68. On this page, I wish I had a example to show! Very happy to have seen OzMarty's vase. Surely, you know how it goes... everything turns up when we least expect it when it comes to collecting. ;)
  7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 24 days ago
    Hi Leah. Love what you said about if only we could order from that catalogue, lol.
    Reminds me of this link in a post..look at 'interior views' who wouldn't want to shopping in there today!!
  8. ozmarty ozmarty, 24 days ago
    AH ! for a time machine .. a Tardis that one could control.
  9. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 23 days ago
    Hey Fran, it would be a dream come true! Love the link you shared. Awesome find, and agree another fantastic place to shop. Thank you.

    Let me know when count down begins, Marty. :)

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