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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This is the last one of the Kralik 1020's to 30's surface texture pieces.
    The internal decor is considered only one way to catalog a piece. some people categorize them only by surface decor, for example: Iris decor

    1. Overshot
    2. Sandy overshot
    3. The Passau museum of glass lumping many textures
    4. Mini-crackle

    both criteria are important, certain pieces can come in many internal decors with interchangeable surface textures. As collectors some prefer to have a cabinet display of all confetti internal decors with many surface textures...or the same surface texture with many internal decors. How do you display your stuff? by shape, internal decor or surface decor?

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    1. welzebub, 2 years ago
      I am of the belief that the second image is of a Welz piece.
    2. kralik1928 kralik1928, 2 years ago
      I think you are right, see how far we’ve come? I’ll redo the post later of get rid of it- but while we are on the subject Welz has as many more texture now than I thought it did.
    3. welzebub, 2 years ago
      It is always useful to keep in mind that the family/company produced glass for a period of about 140-150 years. What we have in the way of evidence to follow is really limited, and starts with some interwar pieces with FWK labels, and later on in 2014, 2 discovered examples of Welz factory production literature from 1928.

      My research really only covers a period of around 40 years or so of their production that can be identified. Also bear in mind that I have identified what I would consider to likely be only a fraction of what they produced in that period.

      They produced cut crystal items, lamps in cut crystal, and who knows what else. We have now seen an image of a vase from Brussels that won a gold medal, and I have a copy of a publication page which shows 2 or 3 Welz lamps in cut crystal/glass. There are no known labeled examples of this type of production, and without that, or production literature, it is virtually impossible to identify likely 90% of what the company produced overall. I knew in 2014 that Welz won a gold medal in Brussells in 1910. It took about 6 or 7 years of research to uncover that, and it took another 3 years to uncover what the award was actually for..... Imagine all of the items they produced that we do not even know exist, and really have zero ways of identifying them at this point in time.

      We have come a long way in 10+ years, but I believe it represents a very small sampling of their overall production that we can now understand.

      What we knew about Welz when you originally posted this, is minute compared to what we actually know now. When you posted this in CW, Welz had only been on my website for about 18 months, and was truly in it's infancy..... I had identified a couple of dozen shapes and maybe 12 to 18 décors. I now have a library of well over 500 shapes, and somewhere between 60 and 80 different décors.

      I would not change the post at all, as I think it is a good representation of the advancement of our knowledge.
    4. welzebub, 2 years ago
      I also just realized that in the case picture, the third vase from the right is actually a Welz decor also.

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