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Subject:A few more
Posted By: Erin N. Sun, Dec 17, 2017 IP: 2602:306:37fe:72c0:d

Some others. These do not seem to have any maker signatures...

Subject:Re: A few more
Posted By: Stan Mon, Dec 18, 2017

The first two look like they are hardstone bottles. The carving is pretty pedestrian. The last (18 Louhans) one looks a little better. Is it carved wood?


Subject:Re: A few more
Posted By: Erin N. Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Wow, thank you very much Stan. The last one is carved wood indeed. They were collected over a period of 50-60 years from about the 1930s possibly. I don't have a developed eye as you do, but I think these other two are stone as well?

Subject:Re: A few more
Posted By: Stan Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Full disclosure, I am not an expert. More of an interested amateur. We have about 40 snuff bottles. Some are good. Some are crap. We bought a collection of 30+ at auction and the lot varied from valuable to junk.

I can't say too much about the first one. From here it is hard to tell what the material is. I am not impressed with the workmanship.

I like the second one more, but I am suspicious. It is supposed to be turquoise. If you read the links I gave you, there was an exchange where someone was questioning whether one of ours was turquoise or an imitation. When I see dirt like that, I think that it was deliberately applied to make the purchaser think it is older than it is. If that is the case, then the material is suspect as well.


Subject:Re: A few more
Posted By: Erin N. Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Thanks so much. "Interested amateur" or no, I'm learning a lot about snuff bottles and it's been both really helpful and interesting. Thanks a bunch! This collection has over 30 bottles which she collected since about the 1930s, and seems to be a mix of both fun more common looking ones and nice ones. Some (not posted) may be ivory as well. A lot to learn... | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |