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Posted 5 years ago


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This old vase was hanging around our family home forever. In fact, so old, no one seemed to know exactly where it came from. We think it has to be earlier than 1940s. We thought it was sort of ugly, but no one quite willing to part with it. It is glass, about 12 inches tall & about 5 inches wide @ mouth. It is multi-colored, reds, golds & changes w/light. It has 2 birds facing each other & textured pattern on entire vase except bottom. It is clear glass on bottom w/no marks that I can see. So, any ideas on who made it, age or other info?

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  1. parstar42, 5 years ago
    I don't know what cold painted means, but it is painted on outside. It has some small areas where paint has worn or come off. The outside is raised/textured & inside is smooth as though a plain glass vase had pattern & paint applied after the fact. This may be what you describe as cold painted. Thanks for info.
  2. parstar42, 5 years ago
    JayHow, You've solved the mystery plus enhanced my knowledge of old glass pieces. It is Goofus Glass made by Indiana Glass Company pre-1930. Wikipedia has this link: Scroll down & there is picture of same vase. Also, thanks for explanation of cold painting. It fits this vase exactly. Have to be careful of cleaning as paint does flake easily. Many thanks & keep sharing.
  3. parstar42, 5 years ago
    Also, thanks to AmberRose, blunderbuss2 & vetraio50 for Loves.
  4. Paul71 Paul71, 5 years ago
    It is Indiana Glass, but can also date later than 1930. Many of Indiana's items had long lives, and a selection of "goofus" glass vases is included in their 1932 catalog, this being one of them.
  5. parstar42, 5 years ago
    Thanks Paul71 for info. It has flown up on top my china cabinet instead of flying over to Goodwill. For some reason, I just can't part w/it & knowing more about it is wonderful. Thanks again.
  6. Paul71 Paul71, 5 years ago
    It's one of those things people seem to either love or hate. I think it's great--very indicative of the period it was made. Glad you are enjoying and appreciating it. Some people strip off the paint--I say leave it on. And if they don't like the look of it to sell it or give it away to keep it intact for people who do appreciate it.
  7. parstar42, 5 years ago
    This sat around our childhood home all my life in one spot or another, but mostly on a shelf heading down to basement. I'm sure it was rarely touched, much less washed or dusted. There is minimal paint loss & now that I've dusted it & know what it is - it looks Thanks to JayHow & Paul71 for comments.
  8. parstar42, 5 years ago
    Oops - should be it looks much better in above comment.

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