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Still reflecting on fine glass.

Byline: By Steven Moore

A few weeks back I talked about glass and it has prompted a flurry of correspondence.

Thus we seem to be stuck in a fine cut crystal groove for now. Today's piece is a perfect illustration of what I have been talking about.

Looking at it, it would be obvious to say that it was Victorian, but is it?

It's also the colour of a cosmopolitan, so is it cranberry glass?

The answers are NO

This dish and stand were a wedding gift to a reader's parents in 1928. I know that it could have been second hand, but it wasn't. It was brand new.

Although it's the right colour and `technically' cranberry glass, it isn't because the term only refers to a certain type of glass as opposed to a whole class of glass in that colour.

Confused? Then I apologise, but I will explain.

The reader's letter includes a good enough representation of the mark, which is obviously - to me, at least - the peacock's head of Messer JG Sowerby & Co of Gateshead.

This was one of the most famous names in glass making, specialising in moulded `pressed' glass.

Sowerby's employed many of the best artists of the day to design for them, always keeping them in the forefront of style as the years progressed.

Many of these designs were continued or subtly changed over the years, so although your piece may look a little Victorian, I am sure that your suggested date of 1928 is correct.

Now back to the colour and what a glorious colour it is.

Our reader has been told that the colour is due to the fact that the glass has gold in it, but wonders if this is correct.

Certainly gold was originally used to make red glass, but was replaced by a chemical alternative.

I would imagine that this would have been the case in 1928, but short of scientific analysis, who can say!

Gold is possible, selenium is more likely.

So what is this little Sowerby dish worth?

Well, to you it must be priceless.

To a collector it's worth about pounds 100, due mainly to its colour!
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 10, 2003
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