Here's one I bet you haven't seen.. It's a rare, Thomas Webb and Sons, Ivory, Cameo "Glass" vase, circa 1887, model number I 269.
At the time, this unique offer was considered a novelty type of Cameo glass made to imitate old, carved ivory using a process patented in 1887 by Thomas Wilkes Webb. Two factors contributed to the rarity of Webb, Ivory Cameo glass; being a novelty item and not a regular production piece, fewer were made, and secondly, there was a slow, steady decline in sales volume because of foreign competition until the onset of WWI. Basically, a finished, carved, white or light colored Cameo glass vase, is rubbed with a brown or other suitable colored tint - applied darker in some areas than in others - and finished in a kiln like a piece of pottery.
The result, is a unique piece of Art Glass having the same colorations, patina, imperfections and most important, the look of natural aged ivory; the effect is stunning! While researching comparables, I found something very interesting... After a side-by-side comparison (last pic) of the shading patterns - which match up very nicely - I was able to determine that both vases are one in the same, which I believe speaks to the rarity of this particular model. The vase is documented in "English Cameo Glass", by Ray and Lee Grover and measures 12" H x 7" W, weighs 3 lbs and is in excellent, undamaged condition - save for the expected shelf wear underneath.
It's correctly marked with the "Thomas Webb and Sons" semi-circle impression. The 11th pic contains the original line drawing, the page from Webb's inventory ledger with Model. I 269, and a base shot of the mark as well as the original, 122 year old handwritten model number - rarely seen. REMEMBER TO TURN THE LANDSCAPE PHOTOS SIDEWAYS IN ORDER TO VIEW THEM FULL SIZED - PICS 5 - 9.
The item "THOMAS WEBB AND SONS IVORY GLASS CAMEO VASE CIRCA 1887" is in sale since Saturday, December 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\British\Other British Art Glass". The seller is "bigdady1955" and is located in Dover, Delaware. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay.