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Post by 20th-centuryboy on January 27th 2012, 5:49 pm

I bought this about 15 years ago, basically because I liked it and because of the size. I've been sorting through boxes in my attic and just rediscovered it. As you can see from the pics it is virtually life size with a ground pontil on the base. I know the Americans made a lot of small top hat vases and I have seen some decorative Italian ones but nothing like this? Does anyone have any ideas of the manufacturer??

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Post by NaomiM on May 16th 2012, 9:05 pm

Hi, I'm pretty certain it's a Whitefriars top hat glass vase. Made in the UK.


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Post by Nic on May 17th 2012, 2:00 am

Doesn't match any Whitefriars colour/shape I've ever seen. Um...
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Post by 20th-centuryboy on May 17th 2012, 10:00 pm

I know soemone has one listed on Ebay at the moment as Whitefriars but I'm not convince either? It's certainly not mentioned in any of the books? I have a feeling it may be Scandinavian??
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Post by NaomiM on May 19th 2012, 12:19 am

The ebay one was the one I spotted. I assumed that if they were asking *that* much for it, they'd have positively identified it.
Oh well, I'll keep looking.


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Post by petet63 on May 29th 2012, 11:31 am

Have seen one before saying 1950's Murano but think it was in black glass. Found a link. http://www.guinevere.co.uk/content.cfm?cID=58&PageNum_Results=2
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Post by 20th-centuryboy on May 29th 2012, 11:38 am

Yes, looks very similar! Unfortunately it doesn't give you any sizes or which factory or anything of any detail? I suppose the fact it states Champagne bucket gives an indication of size.
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Post by 20th-centuryboy on May 29th 2012, 11:57 am

Done a little digging and think I my have found something? Apparently Stelvia Glass of Italy manufactured Glass Top Hat Ice Buckets but all of the ones I have found so far are Black?
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