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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Here are a pair of glass sharks from the 1970s by two WV glassmakers:

    Kanawha Glass amber 6"W shark with label;
    Pilgrim Glass emerald green 6 1-2"W shark

    In the last photo is also a previously posted smaller 5 1-2"W shark by Pilgrim Glass. Comparison of the two co. styles show differences in the noses and tails

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    1. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 years ago
      Lovely sharks here- I adore them, they both have such such sleek poses and remind me of the one and only time I was in an aquarium on a school trip- a great memory!
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Awesome sharks Jenni!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Great Jenni! I've never seen these before. Great to have the label... How can you tell Pilgrim from Kanawha? Glass color?
    4. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      A couple of beauties. A have a good friend who is a Marine Biologist. He told me an interesting fact that sharks are a special type of fish that are "elasmobranchs". They don't have bones....they have cartilaginous skeletons similar to what our ears are made of. These skeletons are much lighter than bone. Love the color of these two glass sharks :)
    5. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Jennie one of the things I really enjoy seeing with your American glass is the glass colour.
      I am very used to seeing Japanese colour palettes and Euro glass colours are familiar.
      US glass has it's own palette and the colours are so good. That amber is slightly peachy and the green has a bit of a black tinge to it so although the sharks are bright they are also a bit restrained. Fantastic!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Karen, some of the West Virginia and Pennsylvania glass makers sourced their glass from the same vendors which can complicate identifying makers of glass from that region as their colors can be similar.
    7. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Truly appreciate the thoughtful love all

      Lauren thank you so much for the sweet praise, I am really glad you liked the sleek poses of these sharks, I tried to make them appear to be swimming :) I've been to an aquarium about once myself, it's so great to see sharks & other marine animals you really get to understand their behavior plus see their beauty up close

      Thanks Scott for your really great comment I'm really glad you liked this shark pair, yes they are rather awesome at that & it was nice to show the comparison of two shark glassmakers

      Yes Kevin, how do you tell, as on a quick look they seem very similar - well obviously Kanawha has the label so it helps, but perhaps the best observance is the second pic with them swimming side by side. Notice the Kanawha (in front, amber) has a wider body and tail is together, not split like the green Pilgrim behind it. Also the Pilgrim have longer, sleeker snouts than the Kanawha. I think Pilgrim made the window glass animals first in the 60s, then Kanawha did their own spin on most of the same animals, always slightly different. Thanks for your super comment you got me thinking!

      Thanks Kurt for your really fabulous compliments and pls thank your marine biologist friend for the super shark info! It is truly fascinating to find out that sharks don't have bones & their skeletons are cartilage, no wonder they sway and turn so smoothly through the water and can pounce on prey in an instant

      Karen thank you for the fantastic compliments & info about how other glass differs from US - you might like to know that because of the very fact that alot of vintage US glass animals do have black or dark shading to them, that many times I have a rough time taking good photos of them, and occasionally have given up totally because I really like to see pure color with minimal streaks. The co that used the most black in their animals was definitely Viking esp their heavier pieces, if you remember my dark green hedgehog it photographed almost totally black, I had to put a lightbulb under it to show the green lol! But these smaller animals like the sharks usually have a majority of nice coloring & I'm so glad you enjoyed the different shadings here
    8. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Thank you BB2 for the thoughtful love for this pair of glass sharks, I am so happy that you liked them
    9. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Very pleased that you enjoyed these glass sharks Ted, thank you very much for the kind love and support

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