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Victorian Burtles & Tate opalescent pressed glass wall pocket vase

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    As promised, here is my Burtles & Tate pressed glass wall pocket vase. It measures 19 cm long, & 8 cm across the opening of the pocket. It is made from a single layer of translucent, milky, bluish opalescent glass with an excellent "fire" as it catches the light. The wall pocket has the shape of a conch shell adorned with leaves & rustic twigs, which form the handle.
    It is marked on the back Rd. 39807, & dates from 1885.
    The firm of Burtles & Tate were located in Manchester, England.
    As can be seen, this item has some damage but as it is so rare I could not pass it up.

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    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      the colour akin to a 19th century opium den
      mists rolling down old london town
      magical & mysterious
      and dated design fabilus
      ironlace smashing my friend
    2. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      You are a true poet, MALKEY!
      And I so agree that beautiful old glass can make one dream of other times, other glass, the past is captured, & reflected back to us.
    3. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      What an interesting piece! Cool!
    4. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Many thanks freiheit!
    5. rockbat, 4 years ago
      Very nice. Too bad about the damage. English pressed glass is really nice from what I have seen of it. American companies almost never put anything on their glass to identify. This reminds me more of a basket/creel in that whole cornucopia vein.
    6. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Thanks rockbat...we get a fair bit of English pressed glass here in Australia. It does have a different style to it...much influenced by the Aesthetic Movement.
      I also have some Australian glass wall pockets (they were a very popular item here, especially in ceramic) dating from the 1930s so more of an Art Deco/Depression glass style.
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      I love the color of this wall pocket IronLace, I think I would have bought it too, sometimes a little damage, doesn't distract from the beauty of these older pieces. I don't know why, but wall pockets have always been a favorite of mine, or maybe because you don't need a shelf to display them, and they can go almost anywhere! :^)
    8. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Many thanks billretirecoll, yes, I also like wall pockets...they make a great display as you mentioned...have just inherited my late mother's collection as well...she had dozens of them, mostly Australian pottery from the 1930s - 1950s era, also a few English & Japanese ones. For some reason they were extremely popular in Australia during the early - mid 20th C. The glass ones are quite rare & I would like to find more examples if I can...

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