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    Posted 5 years ago

    IanBrighton
    (573 items)

    These were sold as candlesticks but I am wondering about vases or fairy lights? They have internal "shelves" which would comfortably take a small candle - I suppose the fairy light issue might be settled by that internal dimension: a 5x5cm candle would comfortably sit inside.

    The pair are 20.5cm tall.

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    1. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      I really like these....they remind me of Hyacinth bulb vases....
    2. rockbat, 5 years ago
      Very nice, maybe these are a type of mantel lustre.
    3. Lustrousstone Lustrousstone, 5 years ago
      They are definitely not bulb vases. They are probably life lights and made by Welz or Harrach perhaps. Life lights were lit on a child's birthday and used oil and a wick. There is a little information in this article http://www.fairy-lamp.com/Fairylamp/ChristmasLightsGraham.pdf if you dig through
    4. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 5 years ago
      That's a real possibility. Very interesting.
    5. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      @Lustrousstone......thank you very much for sharing the info that oil and a wick were used. That makes more sense than a candle in some shapes. Well worth reading too. The pages of sketches at the end may identify pieces you actually own. Sketch no.23 on p.19 is the tri lobed heart by Welz if I'm not mistaken.
    6. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
      Looks like something that Stevens Williams Glass Company would have done, Nice!!
    7. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 5 years ago
      Yes, Dave, Stevens & Williams have been ascribed as makers (erroneously) of a lot of Czech glass, most notably "honeycomb" patterned glass produced by Franz Welz and possibly others.

      These are 100% Czech/Bohemian, I think.

      Great link, Lustrousone, and I agree with Peggy, I see a Welz trilobed heart shape there, making more sense for the purpose described than as a bud vase.
    8. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 5 years ago
      If they were Welz, it would be both a new shape and décor so that would be treading on dangerous ground! Has to be unknown at the mo (like 95% of my collection).
    9. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      Not beyond the bounds of possibility though Ian, look at the way the feet are applied......
    10. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
      The Feet and those upward spikes are what made me think of Stevens Williams... :)
    11. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Wow..... The color and the look is A+++++++++
    12. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 5 years ago
      Peggy and I would agree that lots of companies - mainly Czech - used this style of foot. Mix ups between lots of companies and Stevens/Williams seem to occur frequently.
    13. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      Very cool pieces - thanks for sharing them!

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