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The trailing/threading of glass as a means of decoration, is the oldest form of decorative work which dates back to 1500BC. This decorative technique was an accomplishment within glass making from this time which was most often combed whilst the glass was still hot to form numerous haphazard patterns upon a piece. Many centuries later, `silver threading' was developed, whereas clear glass was slowly applied to a piece, in very thin steady streams of molten glass. This is an exceptionally difficult working procedure by any standards, even to this day, if thinness & unvarying spacing is required.
By circa 1880s however, a more uniform application of glass threading was the fashion of the period, and so with the then new technology at their disposal, and as from circa 1876, a glass threading machine was invented, registered and patented by glassmakers William J. Hodgetts of England, a factory of close association with Richardson & Son.
This fabulous example of English Victorian Pink Threaded Glass, as here offered from my collection is a sensational vase of its type, whilst also being totally unique.
It only needs my photographs to show as to why.
That this vase was produced by a major glass factory of historical importance at Stourbridge England during the 1880s is unquestionable. That it was produced by Richardson & Son is also most probable, and it is a beautiful example of vintage glass from the era.
Threaded glass varieties, although turned out by their hundreds during the period, were very short lived, which was largely due to the annealing process and the working times required to produce such glass, which makes this vase a desirable item in terms of both its quality & survival.
This glass vase is over 110 years of age, and yet just look at its presence & current splendour, and even moreso when lit with UV black light.
The uniformed spacing of refined threaded glass... The proportions of the vase and the precision & preciseness of its top-wavy-rim... each decorative element has been produced by the working hands of a Master Glass Blower and his team.
When one works with molten glass, speed coupled with timing is crucial. Any glass with spiral pattern additions begins at the top to the bottom until it ends. The lower areas of such items therefore, are the most susceptible to flaws at time of manufacture as the entire piece is required to be more or less at the same working temperature as each decorative element is added. It can be noted that a small part of the trailing is missing,as is shown. I have owned many of these threaded vase varieties, most of which have also displayed this manufacturing fault to a certain degree.
Without issuing any influence: Try to replicate this intricately placed threading, with cotton, upon a wooden broom handle for example,using nothing else,or any guidelines or adhesives to help you along your way...
"IF" achieved & also accomplished,then try doing the same again,using molten glass,and without any amount of distortion?
This English Victorian Glass vase is a sensational piece for your collection and these threaded glass items are scarce.
This fine example also benefits from a folded pedestal foot and has an unground pontil mark to its base.
The vase is also flawless over and above thus far mentioned. You will not find another and it is totally unique.
Height: 6 inches Top diameter: 3 inches Foot diameter: 2.75 inches Postage weight: 1k 700g
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