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Posted 6 years ago

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This is a beautiful piece...the pictures don't do it justice. It's 9 1/2" long and 1 5/8" tall. It's some kind of seed starter or planter, each bubble has a hole internally to connect it all, that would be for water flow I assume. Clear in color with a glimmery iridesence...I would love to know what it really is, any info. would be appreciated.

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  1. sparkyjcf sparkyjcf, 6 years ago
    As requested in the post, any help on identification would be greatly appreciated...Thank's :-)
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    I like the idea of a seedling starter.
  3. sparkyjcf sparkyjcf, 6 years ago
    Help glass experts! What is this thing? I know it's old and I've never seen one. ID for this please
  4. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 6 years ago
    posy vase or candle holder?
  5. Hunter Hunter, 6 years ago
    I second the candle holder idea!
  6. sparkyjcf sparkyjcf, 6 years ago
    I might agree on the candle holder idea if it didn't have the holes inside...looks like for water flow. The holes connect all five bubbles internally, or horizontally, such as this <------>
  7. sparkyjcf sparkyjcf, 6 years ago
    Sorry the pic doesn't show this.
  8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    Interesting piece. I question it being for starting seed because seedlings require drainage to prevent root rot, fungus and mold. I would sooner think it might be a form of an agar plate used in a lab for measuring bacteria growth.
  9. sparkyjcf sparkyjcf, 6 years ago
    That raises an eyebrow fhrjr2...maybe so...but the irredescence leads me to believe otherwise. I may be wrong, but most lab glass is clear. This has an opalescence to it.
  10. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 6 years ago
    I was thinking floating candle holder.
  11. Greatsnowyowl Greatsnowyowl, 6 years ago
    I saw one of these that was said to be from Josephinenhuette the other day. they called it a salt cellar.. that doesn't make a ton of sense to me though.
  12. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 6 years ago
    I have just been browsing my British Glass book by Hajdamach. Appendix 7 contains a wealth of information about Thomas Webb complied with the assistance of Mr Stan Eveson who started working at Webbs in 1929 and retired as Works and Technical Director in 1978. After that, he researched the Web archive. The appendix contains a sketch from a pattern book of something described as a posy ring, produced straight and curved, Design no A234, date 1893. It looks EXACTLY like this piece.
  13. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    So it is for flowers? Holding flowers from visitors? Gentlemen callers?
    That is so very cool.
  14. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 6 years ago
    AmberRose, if it is a Webb posy ring, I would think it would be for small posies of short or soft stemmed flowers, such as violets, or single flowers - like buttonholes. Visitor flowers is entirely conceivable, but it is also possible it was designed for the dining or tea table, or a mantlepiece in front of a mirror - to create a flower display without blocking the mirror.

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