One of the really nice things about having a site dedicated to a particular subject is that people email me with comments and questions about their glass.
Some questions are easy to answer, especially when the maker’s mark or registration marks are present.
Others however are much more difficult, reminding me of the vast production of English glasshouses alone in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century, quite apart from the rest of the world.
Most production was not marked in any way and many typically copied designs of other manufacturers.
I’m always happy to help in any way I can, although I can’t value any pieces any further than looking at what current prices might be on Ebay.
Things that help me to identify pieces are:
- Good, in focus pictures which are close up enough to identify the details. Out-of-focus shots are not useful as it’s the small details of the patterns and marks which often makes the difference.
- Measurements of the sizes of the pressed glass objects, in inches or centimetres, as you please!
- A description of any maker’s marks or registration numbers or lozenges (a diamond shaped mark with numbers and letters at points of the diamond)
I have a number of books but by no means enough to form a comprehensive library of pressed glass. So I’m always on the lookout for good reference books and for pattern books from the 1800s. There must be some hiding somewhere.