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Bohemian Art Glass1897 of 6495Pair of Victorian black glass hand vases with coralene decorationMirror finish vase - an anomoly A - D
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    Posted 5 years ago

    IronLace
    (702 items)

    Hand vases are sometimes seen in pairs, but typically, both are right handed. Left handed hand vases are quite scarce, no doubt due to the age - old bias against "the sinister hand". So, to put this pair together took time, & a healthy helping of good luck.
    As can be seen, there are minor variations in size & finish, but it is clear that both vases are from the same maker, most certainly Bohemian.
    Both are made from cased glass - a bright pink over a white interior, & have enamelled & painted decoration. The left hand measures 23 cm tall, 10 cm across the tightly crimped top rim, & 7 cm across the base. The right hand measures 23.5 cm tall, 9 cm across the top rim, & 6.5 cm across the base.
    One was found in an antiques shop a suburb away from me, the other spotted in an antiques price guide book some years later. I contacted the dealer, based interstate, & fortunately, the vase was still available to buy.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      WOW !!! A TRUE PAIR !!!
    2. IronLace IronLace, 5 years ago
      Many thanks vetraio50! I have one other true pair in plain milk glass, & a small size. Lots more hand vases to come!
    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Congratulations, I bet there is not many true pair like this around.
      I love the ruffled rims.
    4. IronLace IronLace, 5 years ago
      Thank you kindly, racer4four...yes, I do count these as one of my finer achievements in collecting. It makes all the hours, days, months, & years of searching worthwhile to put something like this together.
    5. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
      Ignore my last comment, I should looked at these ones first, they do come in left and right :)
    6. IronLace IronLace, 5 years ago
      No worries! :-)
      There will be one more left & right pair to come when I get around to taking a photo...the hand vases are the most extensive part of my collection, so there's a lot more to come...
    7. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Stunning ! love love
    8. IronLace IronLace, 5 years ago
      Thank you most kindly, Manikin!
    9. aftica1, 1 year ago
      Fantastic story about finding a beautiful matched pair!
    10. IronLace IronLace, 1 year ago
      Many thanks, aftica1! Yes, collecting certainly provides many interesting adventures & stories. I've done all kinds of things in the name of hand vases & art glass in general. One time I travelled for several hours by train & bus to meet a friend's mother who had a hand vase for sale. Then I had to go all the way back home again! But I had a really nice hand vase to show for my epic trek, & that's all that mattered...
    11. aftica1, 1 year ago
      Yes, there are so many stories about finding treasure - my first hand vase that I went back for is probably my most expensive! It was only $10 but I got two traffic tickets on the drive home after going back to pick it up...go figure.

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