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My name is Harry. I'm an older sort of poot that has been dealing in antiques and collectibles on some level for most of my life. For 18 years I had a storefront locMy name is Harry. I'm an older sort of poot that has been dealing in antiques and collectibles on some level for most of my life. For 18 years I had a storefront location specializing in California pottery and the era I call "from The Bomb to the Bicentennial". I appreciate your comments and "loves" for my posts here. (Read more)


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Czech/Bohemian draped pattern handled vase - Art Glassin Art Glass
Difficult Listening 15 - The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Recordsin Records
Welz "Cloudy Sky" spatter vase - Art Glassin Art Glass
Difficult Listening 14 - British Isles weirdness - Recordsin Records
1970's Japanese glass - pair of vases (Czech influence?) - Art Glassin Art Glass
20th Century Japanese glass, part 2 - Art Glassin Art Glass
20th Century Japanese glass - Art Glassin Art Glass
Kralik Deco era rose bowl - Art Glassin Art Glass
Metlox "Skinny Rooster" - Potteryin Pottery
Kralik threaded fan vase - Art Glassin Art Glass


  1. I knew I'd seen that name somewhere -
  2. Thanks for dropping out Phil - it is a nice piece of glass. I appreciate the suggested attribution. I've wobbled back and forth between Kralik and Welz since receiving it, couldn't make a determinatio...
  3. Looking forward to your next post. Along with the Blair book, I would also recommend GLASS OF JAPAN by Yoshio Tsuchiya. Unfortunately (for me at least) most of the text is in Japanese but the pictures...
  4. Fascinating to see this - good work!
  5. I don't have any definite answers for you but hopefully I can point you in the right direction. The frame with the three pre-Columbian mask representations is Mexican in origin. The other piece looks ...
  6. 8.5 inches is on the tall end for these Ozark vases but they are quite variable.
  7. Glad I could help.
  8. Often mistaken for Murano, this type of swirled glass is correctly identified as Ozark, "Arklahoma", and/or Sooner glass. This particular jjack-in-the-pulpit vase was, judging by the colors and lip sh...
  9. I should add - that comparison doesn't apply to all Japanese glass, only the early exported glass.
  10. I think that time will erase apprehension about the status of this glass. The reasons for its existence just need to be accepted. It was a commodity and not necessarily an artistic expression. Forgive...
  11. Thanks Karen - you have a big head start on me with the knowledge you already have about Japanese glass. I look forward to learning from you.
  12. Thank you Karen for that clarification. I'm still learning the names. I think that because of the way trade developed with Japan, glass ware (and everything else) was (and likely still is) sold "Yokoh...
  13. I believe that what you are reading as 73 are actually her initials, FS. Nice piece by "the grandmother of Montana ceramics".
  14. Thanks Peggy - probably more Kralik than Welz :+)
  15. Definitely Japanese in shape and execution - super decor! - probably pre-WWII.
  16. Thank you Thomas.
  17. Thanks Karen - super post. You beat me to this - I'll do a follow-up shortly. Love that orange one!
  18. A picture of a complete lighter/ashtray set can be seen here - You may notice - identical items were made by more ...
  19. Vidrio Products Corporation produced "agate" or "slag" glass products in Cicero, Illinois from 1926 through 1953. Your item is an ashtray - the circular indentation held an electric cigarette lighter ...
  20. I don't know who made this either but I can identify with the confusion.
  21. My sentiments exactly - hope you bought them all!
  22. I would bet on it being Japanese.
  23. I'll join in - I'm pretty sure the initials are AKH.
  24. Thanks Bill for your help with this. For anyone else who is looking - turns out this IS Metlox.
  25. I was tempted to make some joke about horses and saddles but Jessi was adorable back then and probably still is now.
  26. These cups are intriguing. I don't have a lot of knowledge about Asian items but I do have a little spare time to do some research. Because of this mark, it is likely these were made for export and no...
  27. When nature halts, we need a little more than hope. Pluto Water promised "Pluto passes everything".
  28. During World War II, though Japan was allied with Germany it refused to co-operate with any persecution of the Jews. A moderate number of Russian Jews found refuge there and a small Jewish community i...
  29. I have a bowl with the same design. It is signed "VAL 247" which hasn't helped me in the final identification yet but indicates that it is someone's studio pottery. I bought mine in California but tha...
  30. SP RC SD stands for Sioux Pottery, Rapid City, South Dakota. Sioux Pottery is the name of the company beginning in 1958 to provide employment for Pine Ridge Sioux. They have employed many artisans ove...
  31. I've done enough of this hardscape in the past to appreciate a good-looking walkway. Nice work.
  32. I should add, 64" is a rather unusual size - more like a glass shepherd's crook.
  33. Ingloriously known as "friggers" in some circles, these glass walking sticks generally date from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Their were meant to be decorative rather than functional. A short expla...
  34. Beautiful lamp. These slag glass lamps were made by quite a few companies. Sometimes there will be a manufacturer's mark inside the base; sometimes the metal inside the shade will be marked. If it is ...
  35. Thank you all for the visits and love.
  36. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that "Stranger Than Paradise" is a promotional button for the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name.
  37. Is that an input jack on the top? This looks like it might be part of an inter-office intercom system.
  38. Truely one of the weirdest machines to roll off the Detroit production lines. My sixth-grade teacher had a brand new yellow and black one that we kids enjoyed watching the roof get packed away before ...
  39. This and thousands of similar trays were made by the Houze Art Glass Company. They were largely commissioned as souvenirs and presentation pieces and can be found from a large number of businesses. Ho...
  40. Thanks Bill - it was fun. I don't mind being wrong when I learn something in the end. I hope these exchanges demonstrate some of the process we go through to identify even the most mundane objects tha...
  41. Hi Bill - Let me begin with saying that I accept that the "Skinny Rooster" was produced by Metlox. In my mind, the questions remaining involve the backstamp.
  42. To add a small correction - the "200 Series" plates were eventually produced in a coupe shape as well as their original shape.
  43. Yes - GMcB.
  44. Thanks again Bill - This time Replacements doesn't show the backstamp but I rechecked the first link and this time it loaded a nice, round Metlox backstamp. I'm willing to accept that Pete's plate may...
  45. I have always been fixated on identifying markings. A quick check with the folks at seemed to imply they were also ambivalent about this "Made in California" mark. It could be that ther...
  46. Admittedly I've been out of the loop for a while so I won't rule out this information but I wish they would have pictured the backstamp. Thanks Bill.
  47. The Metlox rooster was designed by Mel Shaw and unchanged for its thirty year production run. Aside from the previously mentioned raised leg, the colors on this rooster are rearranged from the Metlox ...
  48. Looks like something out of a Matt Groening dream.
  49. This link shows a complete one -
  50. I have puzzled over this mark for years and really have no definitive answer. It is usually seen on monochrome coupe shape plates and platters. This pattern is clearly a derivative from the Metlox pat...
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