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New Venetian Glass Clowns are arriving that can be confused with vintage 1940-60s Venetian clowns. These new clowns are also made in Murano but have hollow bodies. Most all vintage Venetian clowns have solid glass bodies. (Poorly made Mexican clowns also have solid bodies but are very crude and have an aqua tint to the clear glass overlay). The sample clowns ACRN bought had red and gold "Made in Murano" stickers and a company sticker shown above printed in black on clear plastic. ACRN paid $18-25 for new 4-6" clowns.
In the early 1990s, new cameo glass marked Galle began to be made in Taiwan. Some Galle signatures on the Taiwan reproductions are very similar to signatures found on vintage pieces; other new marks are fairly obviously fakes. Typical signatures found on the Taiwan cameo is shown on the next page
The original American Flag bread platter is thought to have been designed for America's Centennial Exhibition of 1876. It is made in clear pressed glass and measures 11 × 8". There are seven rows of stars and six solid stripes which represent the 13 original colonies. The cluster of 38 stars in the upper right represents the 38 states belonging to the Union at the time the platter was made in 1876.
When one sees the new shaker, left, and the old shaker, right, it's hard to understand how anyone could confuse the two. But original Inverted Fan & Feather (IFF) pattern shakers are seen so seldom, many collectors and dealers simply have never had the opportunity to examine them.
Most reproduction cameo glass produced in the early 1990s was made by sandblasting. The vast majority of vintage cameo glass made during the late 19th century through the early 1930s was made by acid etching.
New glass chimneys with molded patterns and designs are being imported by an American lamp parts wholesaler. The new pieces are mouth blown in China. Wholesale prices for the new chimneys are $8 to $12 each.
Ornela Co. Ltd of the Czech Republic has released three new perfumes under their Desna brand name. The new perfumes are made from original ca. 1919-1939 molds. Ornela owns over 50 original molds first used by the famous Czech firms of Henry G. Schlevogt and Heinrich Hoffmann.
Modern enamel decorated glass from Spain is increasingly being confused with products made by the companies founded by Ludwig Moser and operating ca. 1857 to 1938. Modern Spanish examples have even been mistakenly attributed to Moser in two reference books on pre-1938 Moser glass (Figs. 4,5).
If the choice were yours, which would you prefer: a $1000 original or cheap reproduction from the 1980s Obviously, wed all hope for the original.
Two unusual shapes in new jadite have recently been released. One is a 9-inch oyster plate (Fig. 1). The plate is extremely heavy weighing just slightly over two pounds. No old counterpart to this piece in jadite is known. Tall candlesticks are also being made in an eight-sided panel design, 7 inches tall. A pair of the new sticks are shown in (Fig. 2).