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    Posted 2 years ago

    kwqd
    (826 items)

    Here is the source of all of the turtle trouble (Yeah, I know that I am really the source!). This little guy is 4.25" long x 2.75" wide x 2.75" high. To a quick glance on my part I thought it looked like the turtle in the post below and it was advertised as an Indiana Glass turtle when I bought it.

    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/274610-indiana-glass-turtle-votive-holder?in=activity

    Not sure where/when I bought it but I found this listing on ebay for a similar candle holder, though the description shows the size to be 5.5" x 2.5". One easy way to tell the difference between this one and the normally seen Indiana Glass turtle in the post above is that the shell comes forward and curves over the neck on the labeled Indiana Glass turtle and there is just a narrow bridge of glass between the shell and neck on the "imposter".

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/glass-turtle-candle-holder-Indiana-glass-crear-tealight/323755312937?hash=item4b61520729:g:gFsAAOSwKRZcZyKj

    I sent an email to the seller asking them how they identified the maker as Indiana Glass since the description shows no label. If the size in the description is correct, then not only is there a new variation, but there are also at least two sizes of this variation (if it is indeed made by Indiana Glass). Waiting to hear from the seller....

    Later....
    The seller did not respond about how they identified the maker as Indiana Glass but did confirm the size as 5.5" x 2.5". I suspect that they could not confirm the maker. I don't have a guess. It may be imported (China?) as the seller had an even two dozen of these to start with. Still can't explain the fact that there are two sizes, though. I did note that the larger turtle had three toes on the front feet and the smaller turtle only has two toes.

    And still later....
    The second one arrived and it is indeed a bit larger. It was damaged, though, and the seller's site showed only two in stock. They responded to my email that all of the ones they had left were also chipped, but they would send me a new undamaged one at no cost. They again did not respond to my question about the maker/source. English is obviously not their native language. Based on this exchange, my assumption is that these are currently in production, probably from China or someplace else that makes inexpensive glass. Still, these are very nice, inexpensive and not like any other makers' entry so I will add them to my herd.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks vetraio50 and PhilDMorris!

      I ordered one of the ebay turtles since it is only $5.99 and free shipping. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the subject of this post.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks fortapache!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you for clicking the button for my mystery turtle iggy and aura. I'm no closer to figuring out who the maker is. It is pretty good quality glass.
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks very much for the turtle love valentino97!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks very much for the turtle love valentino97, blunderbuss2 and racer4four!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank You SEAN68!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      I added information to the description about my ongoing experience with these turtles.
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Adding this here as an update to my last update. The replacement arrived add it was also chipped, but not as bad as the first one was. I suspect and issue with their molding process. I do not recommend purchasing these if you want a collectible specimen. They are adequate as a candle holder, but unless I would just go pay $.50 at a thrift shop for one, if that is what you are looking for. Disappointing...

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