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    Posted 10 months ago

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    Hi everyone. I hope IronLace has something for this one lol. This appears to be a nice little Victorian bowl with an Iron Pontil. I have only read about this pontil technique but have until now never seen one in person. I understand that this technique was used alot in the 1850s but is also still used today? Can anyone help with this? Thanks everyone :) Happy Holidays :)

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    1. inky inky, 10 months ago
      Sorry!.. can’t help..but what an amazing colour..
    2. IronLace IronLace, 10 months ago
      This technique is an old one & is still sometimes seen on more recent hand made glass. On this item, after the initial blowing, it would have been sheared off & a pontil rod affixed so the crimped rim could be created. This piece has a double crimp, which was made by placing the item in a mould which was typically operated by a foot pedal. After the crimping was done, the glassmaker would then remove the finished item from the pontil rod by snapping it off, which sometimes leaves some iron residue behind, as seen on this bowl. On some items, the pontil mark was polished out to create a smooth, concave depression on the base instead of a rough scar. This is usually thought to be a sign of a higher end type item, but I've found some very fancy things with "rough as guts" pontil marks & iron residue.
      This is a nice Victorian bowl, & the bright green inner casing is unusual. Pink is much more commonly seen as the lining colour on glass of this type. Impossible to tell the manufacturer, though!
      Here's a couple of small vases with a similar inner casing plus crimped top rims -

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