Hand blown glass from 1800s, possibly earlier, 1 inch tall, 1/2 inch wide, cobalt blue on lower 2/3, clear hobnail glass on upper 1/3

Aug 21, 2019. 22:11 UTC
Hand blown glass from 1800s, possibly earlier, 1 inch tall, 1/2 inch wide, cobalt blue on lower 2/3, clear hobnail glass on upper 1/3
United States of America

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I'm enclosing a series of pictures of a miniature vase. I attempted to get photos that would show the construction, detail and pontil mark on the bottom. There are measurements of the height, though I didn't thin to show the width. If you would like additional pictures of the width I'd be happy to provide them. I just inherited this from my mother and am curious as to it's value. As the story goes, when my grandmother was a child (born in 1904) her father kept it locked in his desk and told her it was extremely valuable and was not to be played with as a toy. Before her death she passed it on to my mother in 1972. Now I've just inherited it from my mother's estate. I have no additional information about when or by whom it was created, other than it was prior to 1904. Regardless of its value I'm not interested in selling it, but rather would like to get an estimate of it's value, as I've been curious throughout the years when hearing the stories about its rarity and value. My mother always referred to it as a whimsey, created by glassblowers at the end of their work day, who would work a bit of leftover glass into a miniature of some sort. It would be nice to have an estimated value for it. I'd be happy to provide additional pictures and measurements. Thank you.


This belonged to my great grandfather and was passed on to my grandmother, then my mother and now me.

$20 - $80 (United States Dollar)
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Aug 23, 14:30 UTC
By Klaus

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a mouth-blown glass vase, most likely ment to be a doll house vase. It must have been made by a master artisan, someone very experienced with this sort of fragile glass. The major manufacturer during the late 19th century was the Lauscha region in Thuringia, Germany. They produced very fragile christmas decoration, balls, animals, sleigh etc. I assume the vase in your possession was made in this region and was meant to be a toy. For obvious reasons only an older child would be able to handle such a delicate item. These miniature vases are available in the trade in the price range listed above. You can put a price tag to this item, but the sentimental value it represents to you will be much higher.

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