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Victorian pulled threaded "Nailsea" style glass fairy lamp base

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    Posted 6 months ago

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    I can't think why I haven't posted this - I've had it for simply years. A cheap flea market find long ago, I didn't know exactly what it was at the time until I learned more about fairy lamps. It looks like a bowl, but is actually the base of a three piece fairy lamp.
    It is made from two or three layers of glass, clear over blue with applied machine threading which has been pulled in the manner of so called "Nailsea" type glass (although this example is far finer & more sophisticated). The bowl measures around 18 cm x 17 cm wide across the trefoil shaped, crimped top rim, 6.5 cm tall, & 8.5 cm across the base.
    There is a hand written number on the base - which I believe was an old pre - decimal currency price of 5 shillings. (No idea if this was the original asking price or a second hand price from later on)
    This post was inspired by retromix/Uffe's recent post of a similar item in ruby glass.
    A high quality, well finished piece of Victorian art glass, possibly English in origin. Still displays well despite missing its other parts.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 months ago
      It's really quite beautiful! I thought it was a bowl at first glance until I read your description. Bowl or lamp base, it's still very beautiful.
    2. IronLace IronLace, 6 months ago
      Many thanks, jscott0363!
      Some "orphan" fairy lamp parts (& I have a few) can look slightly incomprehensible on their own, but this one passes quite well as fancy bowl. I keep chocolates in it! :-)
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 months ago
      And a perfect piece to keep chocolates in. I'd be doing the same if it were mine!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 months ago
      I had to look up how this was a base as I only know of two piece fairy lamps.
      I gather these were not so common?
    5. IronLace IronLace, 6 months ago
      Hiya Karen, as a self - confessed fairy lamp "tragic", I concur that the two piece ones are far more commonly found, while the three - piece variety are much harder to find intact. Imagine how easily they could have been separated inadvertently over the years, either through breakage or simply being divided into being a two - piece fairy lamp & a fancy "bowl". There are also fairy lamps with even more parts - such as fairy lamp epernges, wall sconces, & chandeliers. I have a wonderful book on fairy lamps which shows the full range...seriously - beyond fabulous...just thinking about the higher - end examples gets me all hot & bothered, LOL!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 6 months ago
      Thanks for the info. They seem to get pretty exe!
      Did you see this?
    7. retromix, 6 months ago
      Hi! Very nice to see your blue one, liooks very simular to mine in red :-)
      Kind regards
    8. IronLace IronLace, 6 months ago
      Thanks again, Karen...just catching up after a day out...
    9. IronLace IronLace, 6 months ago
      My pleasure, Uffe! They're like two peas in a pod, aren't they?
      Regards, Marin.
    10. Starrynight, 4 months ago
      Stunning! Your glass always is:)
    11. Starrynight, 4 months ago
      Also, I read the rules that we aren't supposed to ask to buy any glass on posts, but is there another site or place I could possibly buy glass from you, that is if you sell? I hope this question didn't break the rules. I apologize if it did.

    12. IronLace IronLace, 4 months ago
      Hi Starrynight, glad you like the glass, but I'm not selling anything from my collection which is posted here on CW...

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