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STEVENS & WILLIAMS SILVERIA VASE CIRCA 1900

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Rick55's items4 of 128THOMAS WEBB AND SONS BRONZE "BRAINS" VASE CIRCA 1880LOETZ CRETE PAPILLON WATER SPRINKLER CA. 1898
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Posted 4 months ago

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Rick55
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My long wait is over! I've been dying to own a Stevens and Williams Silveria vase for a very long time. However, the few examples that have come up in the past were either much more than I was willing to spend or had significant burn damage. Simply put, the technique S&W used to make their silveria glass involves actual silver foil sheets sandwiched between two layers of glass. As opposed to the burst foil technique - where the sheet of foil is applied to the glass in the early blowing stages allowing it to break up into small fragments, S&W did not apply the foil until the piece was already shaped allowing the silver foil to remain intact. An inherent part of making the glass is that burst air bubbles, or other openings on the surface, allows air to come in contact with the silver causing it to oxidize and discolor resulting in the burn marks you see on all S&W Silveria glass. Some pieces have very minimal burn-through while others have quite a bit. Although it can look unsightly, this is perfectly acceptable and expected by collectors.  Kralik also made Silveria glass but their process didn't involve the use of silver. One of the easiest ways to differentiate between the two is that the green threading on Kralik pieces typically runs horizontally while S&W's are vertical. As always, thanks for looking!

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  1. Caperkid Caperkid, 4 months ago
    Awesome to finally get your vase Rick. It's beautiful.
  2. Caperkid Caperkid, 4 months ago
    Another thing learned today as well that's for the information.
  3. Rick55 Rick55, 4 months ago
    Thanks Roy... I couldn't be happier with it! Also, thanks for the love Bill.
  4. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 4 months ago
    You are very welcome. Love the organic look here on this vase.
  5. Mac63 Mac63, 4 months ago
    Sweet.What else can a fella say?
  6. Rick55 Rick55, 4 months ago
    Thanks Mac, I always appreciate your input!
  7. swfinluv1 swfinluv1, 4 months ago
    Man, that's just glorious!
  8. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 months ago
    Rick, what an interesting piece this is, it reminds of a white fig, but what a beauty! Great find, and again excellent photographs, too! :^)
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 months ago
    fabulous!!! great vase!!!
  10. pondhawkandcat, 4 months ago
    Absolutely stunning! Thank you for the detailed info on the process as well.
    Congrats on your find!!
  11. fortapache fortapache, 4 months ago
    It is a rather impressive vase.
  12. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 months ago
    a most classic vase from stevens & williams and a what an achievement the techniue a master class in class !!!!!!!!
    the undulating dimple form & the colours green amethyst with silver metallic depth gorgeous
    a grand sterling piece for the connoisseurs collection your collection my friend
  13. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
    It's certainly swoon worthy Rick, and I was so interested to hear the technique involved and the difficulties of production. Glass masters indeed.
    The decor on this seems so modern and of course my two favourite colours absolutely star here.
    Drooling.......... photos are stunning!
  14. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 months ago
    Good things go to those who wait,Rick.You're collection is so beautiful that I have no words to express.
  15. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 months ago
    Hi Rick55, What a beautiful vase and great post describing how it was made, fascinating read, thank you
  16. kyratango kyratango, 4 months ago
    Ooohhh, Rick! What a BEAUTY!!!
  17. kairomalte, 4 months ago
    Yo got a really beauty, I like S&W 'Silveria' very much, your vase belong to the artistically most outstanding handicraft ever made and nobody could reproduce them.
  18. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 months ago
    Wow! Nice addition to your collection :)
  19. IronLace IronLace, 4 months ago
    Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on such a wonderful acquistion. I aim to acquire an example of S&W Silveria one day...have picked up two Kralik pieces lately so hope springs eternal.
  20. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 4 months ago
    What a Beauty and such Excellent photography !!
    Way to go Rick ! :)
  21. Rick55 Rick55, 4 months ago
    Rick55, Just now
    Wow you guys, thanks so much for the excellent comments and loves... you know it's always appreciated!

    @ Swfin... Thank You for the glorious!


    @ Thomas... Thank you... the search on forever, or so it seems. Fortunately there was a happy ending :)

    @ Thanks so much Bill... a white fig huh? I hope that's good. Thanks for the photo comment as well buddy :)

    @ Sean... Thank you, I'm glad you like it. : )

    @ Pondhawk... Thank you, and welcome to CW :)

    @ Fort... I'm glad you like it... thank you :)

    @ Karen... I agree Karen, the technique is interesting, and like Kai said, S&W was the only house that was able to perfect and produce silveria glass, which is why it is so coveted today. Also Karen, thanks for the photo comment I'm glad you like them :)

    @ Ivonne... Thank you, I definitely did wait but not by my choice :)

    @ Thanks Fran, I thought you guys would find the process interesting.

    @ Kyra... I'm pleased that you love it... thank you!

    @ Kai... I agree, S&W were the masters of this technique, and try as they might, no other glass houses were able to produce true silveria glass.

    @ Mrs T... Thank you, I was thrilled to be able to add this special piece to my collection :)

    @ Lace... Thank you so much! I agree that once you have an S & W piece, you need to also have a Kralik example to contrast and compare the two.

    @ Ken... Thanks for the kind comment! I'm glad you like the photos, I appreciate it :)

    @ Malkey... Thanks so much buddy! Your description hit it right on the head, and coming from someone who has such a beautiful and diverse collection as yourself, I'm flattered!
    @
  22. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 months ago
    Yes Rick, it's Sweeeet, and yummy! :^D
  23. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 months ago
    Hi Rick, this vase is amazing, and from a very long time ago. Thank you for the info about the foiling! I had no idea of this process at all. Love your posts and the knowledge!
  24. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 months ago
    Superb, so much beauty !
  25. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, 4 months ago
    Hey what’s going on here happy camper…?..lol
    I’ll tell ya ,you couldn’t walk 10 feet before someone would smile and say SOB wish I GOT THAT ONE …Love all the tecky info as to how it was form and how the silver made it a magic work of Art.,,,,, smiling …Most do not realize the infinite world of hand made glass back in the day and the artistic possibilities it opens to all.
    Glad it fills your heart with joy …
    Later Bud
  26. famatta127 famatta127, 4 months ago
    Stunning example..how tall?
  27. sklo42 sklo42, 4 months ago
    Pure beauty.......and sweeter for the wait. Happy for you :)
  28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
    A complete beauty!! Congrats Rick on acquiring this lovely piece!!
  29. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 months ago
    Wowser !!! You said you were *dying* to find one....Glad you did, as we need you around here in the World for a long time yet - Rick !!
  30. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, 4 months ago
    Hey Rick thanks for all the loves on my pages uploads ...smiling .. hope all is well...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I
  31. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 months ago
    again a wonderful finding
  32. Rick55 Rick55, 4 months ago
    Wow, what great comments and love you guys! Thank you so much Bill, Q, Gary, Rose, Sylvia, Phil, Tony, Scott and Gary again lol. Also thanks for the love Viking, Fran, Jericho, Pat, Bijou, Eli, Iggy, Poire, Spirit, Craig, Deb, EZa, Jim, Melanie, Aura , Artfoot, Bonnie, Kevin, Pondhawk, Mike, Thomas, Bucket, Swfin, BB2, Jean and Bill. I Appreciate all you guys!

    @ Q... Yeah, I thought you guys would find the process interesting.

    @ Bill... Thanks so much for the fantastic comment, and thanks for the video. I've always loved his take on the song :)

    @ Tony... Its 6 and a 1/2 inches tall.

    @ Peggy... I agree, the wait was definitely worth it.

    @ Scott... Thanks, I'm glad you appreciate it!

    @ Rose... Thank you, and yes I plan on being around a little bit longer lol

    @Sylvia... I couldn't be happier... thanks!
  33. Manikin Manikin, 3 months ago
    Gorgeous ! wow
  34. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 29 days ago
    Its wonderful, amazing colors and design.
  35. Rick55 Rick55, 14 days ago
    Thank you Mani and Virginia, I'm pleased that you guys love it!

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