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Post by carolann on December 11th 2010, 5:53 pm

Hello,
I have arrived at your site because I have been unable to find anything out about my bowl. It has Portmeirion stamped on the base, and is metallic silver in colour, but sounds like glass when you tap it. It has a lovely "ring". It is about 7" in diameter and about 5" high. The design is as if leaves have been moulded into a bowl shape, with the leaf points creating a nice uneven rim to the bowl. It is quite heavy, weighing just over 1kg. The base is a round disc with the Portmeirion name stamped into it. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?
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Post by skay on December 11th 2010, 6:29 pm

Hi Carolann, welcome to the forum Portmeirion silvered glass bowl 124209 .

May we see pics please?

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Post by carolann on December 11th 2010, 7:22 pm

Yes, certainly....Portmeirion silvered glass bowl Pc111113

Please let me know if it has worked.......it took me a little while to sort it out!
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Post by Pip on December 12th 2010, 10:49 am

Is this definitely glass???? I'm a bit puzzled with this - as you're probably aware from your searches so far Portmeirion were mostly well known for their pottery although they did market some glass items under the Portmeirion banner which were produced by Dartington (Frank Thrower worked for Portmeirion before heading up Dartington Glass). But this piece doesn't look like any Portmeirion or Dartington production I've ever seen.

Can we see a clear closeup shot of the base stamp please (always required in ID requests).

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Post by carolann on December 12th 2010, 12:45 pm

Hi, Yes thanks for taking the time to think about it! The reason we think it is glass is the sound it makes when you flick it - it resonates very clearly, brightly and crisply, the brightness and glow of the piece, and its weight...
It doesn't feel at all like pottery, more metallic/glass. I will attach a photo of the bottom of the bowl. A note from the previous picture was the colour representation was not good it is a bright silver colour - not chromium coloured, or gold as it appeared....Portmeirion silvered glass bowl Pc111116
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I hope these pics are clear enough?
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Post by Nic on December 12th 2010, 3:23 pm

I know Portmeirion outsourced a lot of their glass to German manufacturers, but I don't know which specific companies.

Because it's a press-moulded bowl, I suppose Walther cold be a possibility... but I daresay there are other pressed glass firms still extant in Germany.
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Post by carolann on December 12th 2010, 5:46 pm

Thanks for that, it gives me more to go on possibly....
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Post by Portmeiriana on January 30th 2011, 12:32 am

carolann wrote:Thanks for that, it gives me more to go on possibly....

Are you sure this is a glass bowl? It looks more like one of the late 1990s Mexican Aluminium items that were part of the Dusk/Dawn ranges.
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Post by carolann on January 30th 2011, 9:53 am

That's interesting. Everyone that has looked at it thinks it is glass, because of the 'ring" it makes when you flick it, and the bright, sort of glow that it has. Could you give me some pointers on how to decide what it actually is made of?
Tanks for your interest.
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Post by Portmeiriana on January 30th 2011, 11:23 am

carolann wrote:That's interesting. Everyone that has looked at it thinks it is glass, because of the 'ring" it makes when you flick it, and the bright, sort of glow that it has. Could you give me some pointers on how to decide what it actually is made of?
Tanks for your interest.

The first question is, is it the right silver colour of aluminium?
In your photograph it has a reddish glow but that might just be the lighting.
If it were made of glass you should be able to see light through it.
If it were made of aluminium it will be easily starched with a screwdriver or similar.
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Post by carolann on January 30th 2011, 11:55 am

Yes it is the correct colour for aluminium, the lighting did affect the photo. It is a solid material, and I can't see light through it. I have managed to make a small mark with a screwdriver, and there are some discolourations on the inside of the bowl. I have done a little research on Mexican aluminium/glass mix, since your message. Don't they call it Mexican Pewter? It appears that this could be the answer..... Did Portmeirion work with this material? I couldn't really find anything out about that connection.
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Post by Portmeiriana on January 30th 2011, 12:58 pm

carolann wrote:Yes it is the correct colour for aluminium, the lighting did affect the photo. It is a solid material, and I can't see light through it. I have managed to make a small mark with a screwdriver, and there are some discolourations on the inside of the bowl. I have done a little research on Mexican aluminium/glass mix, since your message. Don't they call it Mexican Pewter? It appears that this could be the answer..... Did Portmeirion work with this material? I couldn't really find anything out about that connection.

I've just found the same item on E-Bay:

It is aluminium.
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Post by carolann on January 30th 2011, 1:13 pm

That's sorted out that puzzle. Thanks very much for your help. It's nice to know something about these things, and I like the bowl too.
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Post by skay on January 30th 2011, 1:44 pm

Sorry, I removed the live ebay auction as its against our forum policy.

But thanks Steve anyway for the ID, and welcome to the forum again Portmeirion silvered glass bowl 124209

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Post by Portmeiriana on January 30th 2011, 4:18 pm

skay wrote:Sorry, I removed the live ebay auction as its against our forum policy.

But thanks Steve anyway for the ID, and welcome to the forum again Portmeirion silvered glass bowl 124209

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