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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Hi. This is my first post in Show and Tell so I hope I've got it right. Hope someone may recognise this little clear glass candle holder I found in Yorkshire England. When I first saw it I thought it could be a piece by Vladislav Urban but after looking at the patterns in SKLO UNION by Marcus Newhall I cannot find anything that matches. I've now been searching for a couple of months with absolutely no success - I've tried Scandinavian, Germany, Poland and all have drawn a complete blank. If anyone does recognise it, that would be great. Measures 65 mm x 65 mm x 75 mm (W x D x H) and weighs over 400 gms. The base is ground but unpolished and the pattern of raised 'bobbles' is identical on all 4 sides. Any help/pointers would be much appreciated. If anyone needs any more info let me know and I'll answer as best as possible. Thanks

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      My first thought was Sklo Union too, but can't help sorry!
    2. Gracay2004 Gracay2004, 6 years ago
      Absolutely love it, looks Eastern European, Czechoslovakia, Austria or Germany is where I would start.
      Don't worry too much if you can't identify it, I guarantee you will stumble across the answer sometime in the future. If you are lucky it will be in six months, less lucky it may be six years, but just enjoy your beautiful glass in the meantime.
    3. itsnotalljunk, 6 years ago
      When I found it (in a charity shop in Yorkshire) and picked it up, my immediate thought was Czech - and at £1.50 (about $2) what a bargain. It looked right and felt right. That's what I love (and get so frustrated) about glass. It's the adventure of discovery, finding a small little piece like this, unmarked, without a label, but knowing that someone has designed and produced this piece to (in my opinion) such a high quality that I really want to know who created it. I hope you're right, and that at some point in the future I'll walk into another charity shop or auction or be surfing the web and will find the exact same piece with its label or some other piece of identification and be able to say that's it - that's who created it, and be satisfied. Thanks for the support.
    4. Gracay2004 Gracay2004, 6 years ago
      I would take it off your hands anyday and would even double your profit ;-) , hows that for a generous offer.
      It is always a great feeling to identify a piece but sometimes the search is even better, take your time and get the best of both worlds!
    5. itsnotalljunk, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the generous offer, but I'll keep hold of it for now or at least until I've found out it's origin. That may take some time, but i'm certain the information is out there somewhere.
    6. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      The base, or what I can see of it from picture four, doesn't suggest Sklo Union. During the period of Jurnkl, Matura, Urban et al Sklo Union had a definite 'house style' of base.
    7. tigerchips tigerchips, 6 years ago
      Jiri Brabec, 1969
      Sklo Union, Rosice glassworks, Pattern No. 5128

      According to this website...
    8. tigerchips tigerchips, 6 years ago
      Jiri Brabec, 1969
      Sklo Union, Rosice glassworks, Pattern No. 5128, or, Pattern No. 5129

      According to this website...
    9. itsnotalljunk, 6 years ago
      Wow - thanks for that. I'd discounted that design because the only examples I'd seen were circular not square and on the Marcus Newhall CD referred to in the blog link you sent me (I also have his book and CD) he does not mention a square shape but describes it as being 80 mm in diameter i.e. circular.
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      cool find...
    11. itsnotalljunk, 6 years ago
      And then once you type in the right search enquiry, the answers come in (use google translate - it's all in Czech)

    12. verretcheque verretcheque, 6 years ago
      Unfortunately, when one researches any glass-works, not ALL the info is easily available at the time.
      I did MY best in 2007-08. That was a long time ago.
    13. itsnotalljunk, 6 years ago
      verretcheque - it's a fabulous piece of work. One of my 'bibles'. Also many many thanks to tigerchips - great research
    14. verretcheque verretcheque, 6 years ago
      Candle-holder is definitely pattern number 5128, 5129 is a square "doza na cigarety" or non-lidded cigarette box, according to the catalogue. All that happened to the design was they used two inter-changeable base-plates for the mould, so it was not necessary to pay for two complete moulds.
      Matching ashtray was also available, pattern number 5127.
    15. itsnotalljunk, 6 years ago
      That is brilliant information and clears any confusion (on my part anyway). Thank's for finally solving the 'problem' of my little candle holder. 'Mystery' glass may be infuriating, but it's so satisfying when a solution is reached. One of the best £1.50's I believe I've spent in a long time.
    16. Gillian, 5 years ago
      "Cancerkit" - very apt as it is a cigarette holder! Can't speak or read Czech, just some obvious words jump out at you - so - wonder it this is a spoof on the word
      cancer or the 'real' Czech word for cigarette holder.
      So glad you found out all about it - some really amazing glass people here (you know what I mean) - and nice to know the information went all the way to Yorkshire! My dad was from there.

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