πŸ’ Pontil mark identification. How to Identify an Authentic Fenton Glass

The Pontil Scar

πŸ’ Pontil mark identification

The size and shape of the base is the most important factor when looking at mould shape. This particular bottle shows distinct twisting distortion to the base mold seam which was likely a result of a twisting motion to the iron pontil tip as it was pushed and fused into the base of the bottle by the gaffers assistant. On these weights the pontil mark was removed by grinding it until smooth with a small convex wheel. The Steuben name is being ruined. The vast majority of British green bottle weights have pontil marks and are considered collectible. Continuous Side Seams The seams run from the base to the top of the lip.

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Identification of stamped pontil mark

πŸ’ Pontil mark identification

All Italian glass artworks are handcrafted by contemporary glass artists. With Opalescent glass sometimes the heating process used to bring out the opalescence blurs, obscures or flattens out the molded mark. General Dating Notes : Pontil rods and the resultant pontil scars go back to antiquity, having been used for bottle making as early as Roman times McKearin 1941. If the bottle has an even shape with the seams smoothed out, it may date around the year 1900-1920. When people talk about Italian art glass or Venetian art glass, they are usually referring to the sculptures, vases, chandeliers and decorative glass objects made in the island of Murano, Italy. This denotes that the mould originally belonged to a company other than Fenton. There is some speculation that this is a result of the lack of adequately efficient fuel sources in Japan.

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Pontil dictionary definition

πŸ’ Pontil mark identification

Sometimes Fenton will reapply an etched Fenton oval mark. The reasons this occurs are unknown but may just be chance or certain glass making related conditions. HobbyZeal gives you a guide to identify antique glass bottles. As commonly used in the and industry, the term refers to the mark impressed on a blown glass item over this scar, since many notable glassblowers have impressed or engraved makers marks in the punt scars of their work. Pontil scar: On most quality weights the pontil scar, or mark left when the weight was broken off the pontil rod during fabrication, is usually ground and polished until it is unnoticeable. Once done, the stick is broken on its end. Although found primarily in modern Italian paperweights, small tubes of goldstone are occasionally found in antique Baccarat upset muslin grounds.

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Expert view how to identify real Murano glass

πŸ’ Pontil mark identification

If you aren't able to tell after examining your piece, look online to find a Fenton dealer or an antique dealer in your area who specializes in Fenton glass. This 19th century bowl has a somewhat faint ring pontil. Thus, the ancient secrets and valuable knowledge cannot get in the wrong hands. The sand pontil will usually though lightly cover a much larger diameter area on the base than affected by the other three empontilling methods covered here although iron pontil marks can be wide also; see the next section. The disk pontil is implicitly included with the sand pontil in the rest of the discussion following.

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Pontil mark

πŸ’ Pontil mark identification

But this one was a little different. I was not overly impressed with the decanter the wide bottom tortoise I purchased. The secret art of Murano glass creation, is passed down from generations to generations within the family. Wheaton β€” Indicates glass made at the Wheaton Glassworks in southern New Jersey. Make sure to follow these tips and shell-out your hard-earned cash only on the real deal. How much would this bottle be worth. Polished and ground bases The oldest item in the Blenko line is the 384 water bottle.

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Antique Pontiled Bottles

πŸ’ Pontil mark identification

Since I have owned it, I have tried to confirm what it is. These antique pieces are heavier in the hand than most contemporary paperweights. The pontil on these marbles is characterized by a very tiny pontil that looks almost like the head of a pin. Sometimes not enough air pressure causes the logo to be faint in the glass. All of the different pontil scars noted below are usually but not exclusively found on American made utilitarian bottles that date to or before the American Civil War mid-1860s or earlier. Other factors must still be considered in order to arrive with the right conclusion.

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