I can’t tell you a lot about this vase, but I have two near certain assumptions. The first is that the vase is German made. I say that because of the teeny-tiny mark on the base, about 1/4 inch up from the bottom, as I am pointing in my second image. The mark is not only tiny, but it is also quite worn. I can make out enough of it to know that it is a fraction representing the silver content, 1000/1000. There is what remains of an “S” just to the left of the numbers. I am fairly sure that stands for “Silber,” which you can probably guess is the German word for “silver.”
I said I had two assumptions; the other concerns this vase’s date of manufacture. I cannot report this with as much certainty as I have over where the vase was made, but I am fairly confident that I can tell you approximately when it is made. Of course, if I make the “when” wide enough, I have less chance of being wrong. ;-) I think this vase was made in the first half of the 20th century, probably not earlier than the 1920s and not later than the 1950s.
There is on other thing I am fairly certain about, and that is the fact that my silver polishing could have been better. ;-) It’s amazing what the camera allows me to see that I missed with direct observation. I promise that this vase’s new owner will receive it more thoroughly polished.
I had real difficulty trying to photograph the small crack near the top of the vase. It is very hard to see, even when you are looking for it, especially if you are looking on the outside. To give you an idea of how little this crack affects the display and appreciation of the vase, look at the arrow at the top of my second image. It points to a curved “line” about 1/3 of an inch long located in the first segment of glass below the silver rim. I tell you above the arrow to see my fifth image, which is actually a composite formed by the two views of the crack—outside the vase and inside.
It is only after many, many attempts that I was able to get those two clear images. You can see that a good part of the crack (actually two intersecting “lines,” which I believe were the result of one impact) is hidden behind the silver, which is why the little line in my second image is really your only tiny hint that something else is going on. But even that entire “something else” is tiny. My images in that composite are HUGE! Even the first hint you get of the crack is huge; perhaps that will sink in when you know the vase’s approximate linear dimensions—5 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide.
OF COURSE, it would be better if there were no damage, but the damage is minor, both in its aesthetic ramifications and to the integrity of the vase as a whole. I see no possibility that the crack will somehow enlarge or become unstable. Who knows how many decades it has been there, just as you see it now. I washed the vase, with no fear of exacerbating the crack or causing more damage, and I am glad I did, because the inside is really clear (or I guess “translucent” would be a better word for blue glass). You can display it with light shining directly through it and take full advantage of the gorgeous color.
Other than the typical smattering of tiny nicks and dings in the silver and some minor scratches on the bottom, there is no additional damage to report. The silver is reasonably thick, certainly not “painted on,” and the coverage is complete, with no missing or lifted areas.
I gave you the linear dimensions of the vase—how it looks when you view it straight on. But the actual top diameter is pretty much what I said—4 1/4 inches, and the diameter of the base is just under 3 inches. The vase weighs 9.2 ounces.
I can’t think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have any questions—or if you have any information to offer. I think this vase fits into more than one collecting category. I acquired it because I like silver overlay, but cobalt collectors will love it too, and if you know of someone who fits either of those categories, this vase would be a wonderful gift.
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