Posted 9 years ago
Thrifting has been very dull here lately. Two weeks ago I went to see Dad and on the way back home called into Vinnies for the second time that day. Nothing earlier to buy, but now I saw this beaker on the shelf. It was cheap so I thought I would take it even just for study purposes.
I like cut glass.
Much of it can leave me very cold. But this was more interesting than most. In researching it I have learnt a little more about the terminology of glass cutting. I now know the difference between a 'hobstar' and a 'Brunswick star'. This one has a band of four 16 pointed Brunswick stars.
I have also learnt to look more carefully at the "flashing" on these pieces of glass. Is it really "cased glass" or has the finish been painted on? In this case the amber colour has been painted on, I think. You can see very small irregularities where the paint has gone above the horizontal band that defines the clear cut section. It's a much cheaper way of colouring glass.
It's age is a bit of a mystery too! It looks nineteenth century in form but there are twentieth century elements! It almost looks like a Deco version of a traditional Bohemian beaker.
What I would really like to know is the German term for "Brunswick star" too! It is such a well used motif these days in Bohemia crystal.
H: 15 cm or 5.9 inches.
W: 8.5 cm or 3.3 inches at widest point.
Any help with this beaker would be appreciated!