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    Posted 2 years ago

    truthordare
    (342 items)

    As a few of you are aware, I have been working and have published a Ruckl website since 2015, and have added the more obscure Kralik glass series which were the export glass made for a wide and substantial distribution during late 1920s early 1930s, as the Butler Brothers catalogs document.

    I recently came across new information about their glass production and why we don't have any indication that Ruckl made decorative glass before WWI. At the time they had three glass plants: Nizbor, Svelnicka and Skalice near Ceska Lipa and Novy Bor.

    They first focused on glass made for medicinal purposes, as well as other types of industrial utilitarian glass, this explains their first registered trademark in 1903, the crane holding a medicine bottle's top, while the bottle itself is sitting on the floor beside it.

    After WWI we have several documents dating 1925 to 1928 (image 1 and 4), which involved a new line of decorative Tango glass advertisement, and a page of decors and shapes which shows their most recognisable satin shimmy pfau decors in various glass colors.

    The tango glass was initiated in the Skalice plant. In Nizbor they focused on clear crystal pieces, mostly cut. Then the Svelnicka plant was the producer of a unique deep translucent red glass, a formula which they kept secret. This glass was also cut in the traditional Bohemian manner, as well as enamel decorated.

    There is also a religious component to some of their products, I would venture the red glass from Svelnicka would have been used. They were Catholic, and contracted with the Church to provide they needed glassware accessories.

    For today's collectors of Bohemian and Czech glass, it was a mystery why Ruckl did not have a presence in the early 20th century decorative glass and crystal market. This information answers that question, and also explains why they were not as well known, or recognised or valued as much, when they changed their focus and direction during the Art Deco period.

    Today they are thriving under a new ownership consortium. They won the country's National prize for best design in 2017 in decorative glass, and are also involved in a new retail venture with Ruckl glass and crystal boutiques, their flag ship store is in Prague.

    Images used with permission of the current Ruckl Family and Company and Deborah Truitt.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thank you for this fascinating history of Ruckl glass, and the pieces in the illustrations are beyond gorgeous
    2. Wow22, 2 years ago
      Are you able to provide the date and location of photo in image 2 please?
    3. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Wow22, the providers of the image, the Nizbor head office and Ruckl website managers did not say, I think it's in the 1920s, at the Nizbor plant showroom, or the Prague warehouse Ruckl showroom.
    4. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Thank you for all the loves CW members - much appreciated.
    5. jericho jericho, 2 years ago
      Great info, I think if we use this idea that these companies had multiple locations producing different items it might explain many inconsistencies in their glass
    6. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      That is what I think with Kralik glass too Jericho. At last count in my research they had about 7 plants during interwar period. I think the Kralik glass YOU collect is a notch above, and probably was made in one location by very skilled craftsmen.
    7. Wow22, 2 years ago
      I am particularly interested in the millefiori pieces in the Ruckl catalogue page (image 4). Has anyone ever located a match for these ("Murano", gotta love it) items? I often see matches for Butler Bros items, but I have never seen matches for these. I would really love to see them.

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