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Japanese Art Glass2 of 72Kodama red and white swirl vaseJapanese ribbed vase, 1950s-1960s
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    Posted 2 months ago

    kwqd
    (646 items)

    This Norcrest ashtray is about 5.25" in diameter by 2" high, with Norcrest label on bottom. It looked like another end of day piece of Japanese glass to me until I looked more closely and say the white inclusions in the glass. That raised the level of difficulty to create this piece a couple of notches. At least three layers of glass were used to make this ashtray, perhaps four or five. Norcrest China had an interesting history. They were an importer in Portland, Oregon founded by William S. "Bill" and Sam Naito, sons of Japanese immigrants. Bill was a prominent figure in Portland, so prominent that there is a Wikipedia page for him. One thing of note with regard to Japanese glass imported by Norcrest is the it was made in factories in the vicinity of Nagoya, Japan, which may someday help to identify the makers of Japanese glass imported by Norcrest. I will add better images when I can get to it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Naito

    http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2009/12/23/a-portland-story/

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    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 2 months ago
      What year were you thinking on this piece
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      The “white inclusions” are beautiful! To me, ( who knows nothing of glass) they are what makes this piece so much more spectacular! And the swirls of colors!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      @Vynil33rpm - Thinking maybe 1960s?

      Thanks for your comment, Eileen! Not a bad hunk of glass. The white glass is done differently from other Japanese ashtrays in my collection. I couldn't pass it by...

      Thanks for loving my Norcrest ashtray Vynil33rpm and Eileen!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Norcrest Japanese ashtray fortapache, blunderbuss2, Jenni, Kevin, Manikin, Cokeman1959 and Watchsearcher!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Japanese art glass ashtray MALKEY, glassiegirl, Blammoammo, Ben, Thomas, Elisabethan and Ivonne! I appreciate it!

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