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    Posted 8 years ago

    scottvez
    (930 items)

    I picked this one up today and would like some feedback on maker and dating.

    It is a quality piece of glass with some weight and about the size of a baseball in your hand. It is about 3" tall and the top is 2 3/4" across with the opening being about 1 3/4". The top and bottom are both smooth polished-- with considerable age showing on the bottom.

    I'd think this was at least 50- 60 years old and maybe part of a desk set. I suppose this could be a paperweight/ paper clip holder combo.

    Any help is appreciated.

    scott

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    1. twentiethc, 8 years ago
      I am not familiar with this particular design, but the characteristics suggest Moser or a Moser-like company made this. If you do not get a more definitive identification from others on this site, I'd suggest starting your research with Moser.
    2. twentiethc, 8 years ago
      BTW, the characteristics are: all over faceting / cutting, deep facets / cuts, thick-walled, beveled rim, ground bottom, color, etc.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks 20th, good place to start. I suppose that would make it a little earlier than 1950s!

      scott
    4. Aimathena Aimathena, 8 years ago
      Very beautiful piece Scott, lovely photos as well.
    5. twentiethc, 8 years ago
      Scottvez, Moser is still in operation today and continues to produce high quality work. While your piece has a definite Art Deco quality to it, until you find the exact piece and record if it's design date, it's difficult to know when a piece was made. Moser even has a few "classic" designs they re-issue from time to time as part of their honoring the past.

      That said, modern issues are more reliably marked than in previous years. Acid stamps could wear away over time.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Yep-- thanks again, 20th.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks charcoal and s-t-g. Any attribution thoughts?

      scott
    8. charcoal charcoal, 8 years ago
      No attribution thoughts here but it does look like high quality glass. Very nice Scott! Thanks for posting. : )
    9. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks aldo.

      scott
    10. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 years ago
      Hi Scott. I have no idea but throwing out inkwell? Same size? Could it have had a lid? Trying to spark ideas.
    11. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 years ago
      Of course they usually have a hinge don't they...hmmm
    12. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks amber-- I appreciate your input.

      It is a little too large for an inkwell and as you noted no lid or indicators that there was one.

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking vetraio.

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking hedgewalker.

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks rob.

      scott
    16. TiaZaa, 8 years ago
      Looking at the bevel of the well in the glass maybe their was an inkwell insert?
      Any wear/nick marks?
    17. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Nope to all-- it wasn't made for an inkwell insert.

      scott
    18. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      This is a WMF piece made around 1930 at their Geislingen factory. It was designed by Walter Dexel (sometimes it appears written as Drexel)

      These small vases are usually part of a smoking set, as cigarette holders with a matching ashtray (just like it happen with the mall Strömbergshyttan ones), although I have never seen an ashtray with this design. But I've seen five or six vases no higher than 9 cm tall, so probably they were created just as vases.

      It really is a very beautiful design!!!
    19. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks austro-- I appreciate the information.

      Do you have any links to the items that you are describing?

      scott
    20. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Do you mean the smoking sets from Strömbergshyttan I mention? you can see a sample here: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/87344-strmbergshyttan-h95-ashtray-and-cigare?in=collection-127

      As for other Dexel items, here is a link to a couple of them in a german shop:
      http://www.designhandlung.de/?s=dexel
    21. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks-- I appreciate the links.

      I don't see the similarity with the Strombergshyttan. The linked examples look more "modernist", while my example has more of a deco look (my wording).

      While the color is close with Dexel-- the shapes seem more egg shaped than my circular example.

      I do appreciate your assistance.

      scott
    22. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Well, i just used te Strömberg stuuff to illstrate what the smoking set would look like.

      Yes, there are several colours for this design... there's this light yellow, your amber and I'd swear I've seen one in blue in the past... At least there's no doubt it's a Dexel design.
    23. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks again.

      I don't believe it is Dexel-- based on the linked items.

      I don't see a similar shape (round) nor do I see the same lip finish.

      scott
    24. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks bratjdd and tom.

      scott
    25. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks majestic.

      scott
    26. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      I'm glad someone said ashtray. I was getting worried. I have one out in the shop and that is what I thought it was. Believe me it isn't pretty but it is functional and doesn't tip over.
    27. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Could be but small and no cig rests on it, so I don't believe it is an ashtray.

      scott
    28. kamdetail, 6 years ago
      Popped in a couple years too late it seems. Yes I believe this is part of a smoking set. This would be the table lighter w/o the lighter insert.

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