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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, for twenty years before that I was regular swap meet seller. The shop closed in 2006 and I've been getting rid of the remainders ever since. Less a collector than an accumulator, I am not an expert on anything but I've seen a lot of stuff. This site has been helpful to me and hopefully I can occasionally return the favor. I appreciate your comments and "loves" for my posts here. Any further discussion - I can be reached at (Read more)


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Czech "Tango" covered jar with applied flower - Art Glassin Art Glass
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Kralik "Humpen" vase - now Welz - Art Glassin Art Glass
Czech art glass - Kralik "Bambus" vase - Art Glassin Art Glass
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Steinwald or Kralik - Art Glassin Art Glass


  1. The man with the cigarette is inspired. Nice group.
  2. The brown interior leads me to think Evans Pottery of Dexter, Missouri.
  3. Though the signature is almost indecipherable, it is signed Chalice - husband and wife team Charles and Alice Smith of Los Angeles.
  4. Excellent!
  5. Dow Chemical, also the manufacturer of Agent Orange, stopped making napalm in 1969. It took another four years for the U.S. to stop dropping it.
  6. An absolute jewel - nice pics.
  7. Oddly, many ski resorts also sell this product. It is supposedly good for preventing chapped lips.
  8. Mmmm.....Nice one.
  9. Interesting décor.
  10. I believe that most of the Welz documents in question have indeed been published "somewhere" and, personally, I do not doubt the provenance. Also, I believe that most of us are perfectly willing to ac...
  11. Bring your Lenny Dee records and I'll meet you at the rink.
  12. I hear both records were recorded entirely on roller skates.
  13. I get the lotus but I'm not so sure about the yellow thing. :+)
  14. Space dust?
  15. Padre is the name of a California pottery manufacturer and the plate was likely made by them. My question is whether the design is under the glaze or painted? If under-glaze, it would have been done i...
  16. Just curious - all your hand vases seem to be right-handed - are there any left-handed vases?
  17. I notice some interest in this glass lately and saw a need to update this post. The vase on the left with the bi-directional lip has been positively identified as an "Ozark Vase" (their name) by Scott...
  18. For those who have read this far - what Cheryl Jackson says above is correct. Information about this style of glassware is still in the formative stage but we are learning more every day. Smith's Old ...
  19. Garden City.
  20. Lots of instructions - They have a clear understanding of the public they are selling to.
  21. I saw one of these in all green a couple days ago. It looked like a lizard.
  22. To paraphrase the late Donald Rumsfeld - there is the known unknown and the unknown unknown. If I have picked up anything in the past six months from this Kralik-Steinwald discussion, it is to be less...
  23. Nice color.
  24. We all need a little high time.
  25. This was produced all-white on purpose. The entire "Dawn" line is pictured in all-white in the 1937 Roseville sales brochure.
  26. It is Roseville. The pattern is called "Dawn" and it dates from the mid-1930s.
  27. Fair enough. The titan in me runs on beans.
  28. Thanks Vy - you're helping me stay alive.
  29. Only the friar is shown in the book and I've never seen any of them so I really have nothing else to add. Doesn't look much like a caballero though. Good find amigo.
  30. Who wouldn't want one of these? I hope you can make it work.
  31. To quote from the GMcB book by James Elliot-Bishop - "These bottles were made for a Napa Valley winery that commissioned them. Unfortunately, the winery never used them and they remained in crates unt...
  32. Thanks Karen. "Humpen" is a name given by collectors. It is a German word that works conveniently for English speakers but actually translates as beaker or vessel. Humps, hobnails, and overshot frit w...
  33. Thanks Karen - I'm glad I'm not the only one to nerd out over such details. Thanks to all for the loves.
  34. Link to sklo42's vase -
  35. Thank you Scott and Marin. I think you are correct that your vase and mine were likely made in the same place. Your vase probably glows all over and not just the leaves, I'm guessing.
  36. What you have here is the top part of what was called a "Sanitary Chick Fount". The bottom part is a flat bowl a little larger than the opening. They were made in four sizes. You can probably do an im...
  37. Thanks to a couple Ebay users, the potter of the vases signed Singleton has been identified as Rita Singleton.
  38. Phil Silvers was not really a musician but he did practice playing a trombone in his back yard much to the chagrin of his neighbors.
  39. Excelsior Pottery, Trenton, New Jersey, made from 1879-1909. Very nice.
  40. Hilarious. I had an antique shop for 18 years and my garage often looked like this. Now, the garage is still full - you'd be hard pressed to get a bicycle in it - but it is a bit neater.
  41. Good find. As you might imagine, these "Petalware" pieces were easily damaged. The vases are especially hard to come by. If you are unfamiliar with Sierra Madre, it is in the Los Angeles area.
  42. Mexican - 20th century.
  43. Great piece of glass and your philosophy is spot on. Merry Christmas.
  44. Good post. Thanks for adding another piece to the picture. I showed up in the middle of the discussions about this Royal label. Maybe when the label was first discovered someone suggested that because...
  45. I rather doubt that he has made a living from his pottery. It is just one of the several things he does. He once told me that he made enough money from his fiddling videos to buy a Mercedes, which sou...
  46. Thank you Manikin and to all who enjoyed this post. Alés says "I think all these vases are from ES&C. But it is only my opinion based on the used shapes that occur in several decors that were made ...
  47. I wish there were documents.
  48. I'm sorry - The "Zig Zag" I was referring to was the shape, not the décor. Nor was I insisting this be attributed to Kralik but that there should be evidence to confirm whatever attribution.
  49. This decor has been shown in the quintessential and ubiquitous Kralik "Zig Zag" shape which, unless you can show where Steinwald used that shape, I'll stick to the assertion that this is a Kralik dec...
  50. Lately there has been a tendency to reassign much of the product that has long been attributed to the Wilhelm Kralik Sohne firm to the firm Ernst Steinwald & Co. Recently uncovered documents seem to w...
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