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American Art Glass437 of 1290Blue bird of happiness"Tiffin" 8" Black Amethyst Satin Glass Vases With Hand Painted "Coralene" Poppies/ Circa 1920
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    From the pamphlet you get when purchasing the glass pieces:

    "This piece of glass was hand blown at Jamestown, Virginia. Only a few yards from the site on which English Colonists first made glassware in 1608. Using tools and methods similar to those of three and a half centuries ago. Fragments of the original green glass have provided a key to the proper color and composition, so the glass has the same appearance as the originals."

    "While the chemical composition of the glass has been refined and our furnace today is heated electrically, rather than by wood, craftsman still use 17th century techniques. Notice the clearly visible pontil marks on the bottom of the piece. This is the distinctive mark of a hand blown product. No two pieces are identical. However, these 17th century techniques do not prepare the glass for modern technology, so please do not place in automatic dishwasher."

    "The "Glasshouse Demonstration" is carried on by Eastern National Park and Monument Association with the assistance of the National Park Service of the Department of the Interior. Income from the sale of glassware made here is used to operate and maintain the exhibit."

    Dark green pitcher is 7 1/4" tall by 3 1/2" wide.
    Lighter pitcher is 7 1/4" tall by 3" wide.
    Large Jamestown Medallion is 3 1/4".
    Small Unicorn Medallion is 2".

    These 4 pieces were produced in 1989. I do not know if the Jamestown Glasshouse continues to operate to this day.

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    1. TimeTraveller TimeTraveller, 5 years ago
      I love the pitchers. The darker one is my favorite.
    2. Deano Deano, 5 years ago
      Thanks TimeTraveller, the darker one is just a little bit nicer and quite a bit heavier. Thanks.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Fascinating pitchers and a great idea of the Glasshouse to make historically accurate pieces. Where did you find these Dean?
    4. Deano Deano, 5 years ago
      Thanks Racer. I got these at an Estate Sale here in Clearwater, Florida
    5. Deano Deano, 5 years ago
      Thanks Thomas. I was surprised to find the small pamphlet rolled up and inside one of the Pitchers.
    6. Deano Deano, 5 years ago
      Thank you Aura, Mikelv85, TimeTraveller, Vetraio50, Efesgirl, Racer4four,
      Sklo42 and Brunswick for the "Love it" clicks.

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