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Recommendations for glass identification books/websites

Recommendations for glass identification books/websites

09*artisan
Adventurer
Hi, I want to find out about the different type of vintage glass and how to identify them. Does anyone have any recommendation for books or websites that is suitable for beginners.
Many thanks
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 5:30:07 AM
classiquejunque
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Wow,  so many sites, so little time,  lol

 

EAPG-http://www.patternglass.com/eapgHome.html, EAPG.COm, http://www.eapgpatterns.com/

 

Depression and elegant:http://chataboutdg.com/gallery/

 

Carnival- http://www.ddoty.com/

 

I'm sure I just barely scratched the surface, but I have to go to that four letter word---- WORK

 

For books,  I think if you search the PGP  board there is a huge thread about book suggestions.

Rhonda and Bob-- Usually Bob posting
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 5:47:42 AM
09*artisan
Adventurer
Thanks for the quick reply. It is such a vast subject that I' m trying to start with the basics - like manufacturing techniques, additives, colours, pattern etc. I'm also trying to find out about a couple of manufacturers (sowerby , bagley) , as a starting point


The first two links don't seam to be working at the moment but I will definitely be looking at the other two which look to be very interesting.

Thanks again
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 9:13:23 AM

DO NOT buy the book: McCain's Field Guide to Pattern Glass.  It is famous for mistakes and cost me a lot of time and problems before I learned that.

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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 9:32:01 AM
eapg
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I don't agree about McCain's Field Guide.  For EAPG, it's one of two basic books that are my top recommendation for that category and is a big money saver so you don't have to buy books on a particular company or form or an EAPG book that's limited to only the most popular patterns.

 

The Field Guide (don't buy  her other earlier books) is a CAD publication with all diagrams of patterns arranged by motif such as people, animals, flowers, squares, circles, etc.  Once you find your pattern, then you can go to the second book, the Wallace-Homestead Price Guide to Pattern Glass, 11th Ed. which has photographs in black and white, and updated information and corrections that apply to McCain.  From there you can further verify with reliable online searches.  The advantage of using this with the Field Guide is that if you have the W-H alone, you have to go through the entire book which is in alphabetical order, to find the pattern you're looking for, but McCain makes that easy.    

 

 

 

 

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi. *** DoRi Miles, Pattern Glass Editor, EAPGPatterns. I no longer do free i.d.'s as it's a conflict with my business.
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 9:34:45 AM
msgood2shoe
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Just my 2 cents, but as long as you know that McCain's has errors and you need to double check her attributions, it is helpful as it is arranged by pattern elements.

 

The most common error I have found in McCain's is her attributions to U.S. Glass.  It seems that US Glass sold a lot of existing stock from the glassmakers that were joined to form that company. 

 

It's not nearly as useless as the Pattern Glass book by Edwards and Carwile, the patterns are in alpha order and there are hundreds of errors, and not just attribution errors. 

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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 9:39:42 AM
_southernbelle_
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I think the Replacements site is great - especially for stemware. It's free, it's easy to use.


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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 9:40:33 AM
msgood2shoe
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Where are you from?  I notice you mention Sowerby & Bagley, which are both non American makers.  Most of the peeps on this board are based in the US, so most of the books they are likely to recommend are books related to that market.  If you live somewhere else then many of the book recommendations wouldn't be as useful to you. 

 

Most books deal with patterns and colors ( I also noticed you use the Great Britian spelling) manufacturing techniques and additives. 

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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 9:59:43 AM

Good catch, MSGood2shoe!  European?--I didn't catch the spelling of colour/color.

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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 10:09:58 AM

DoRi already weighed in, and I am not sure she will be back to this post.  I think she might have some of the best ideas.  If you do not get good answers from this post, try reposting in a day or so and mention the country or area that you are trying to learn about in the subject to get the attention of someone very knowledgeable about your region and the sources associated with it.

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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 11:38:55 AM
classiquejunque
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If you are going to avoid an EAPG book I would say Edwards and Carwile.  That one is truely loaded with errors up the wazoo.  The value that I find in McCains is that the patterns are grouped by type, floral, plant, people...  It can give you a starting point from which to work.  It is one of my most often used books.

Rhonda and Bob-- Usually Bob posting
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 11:50:13 AM
09*artisan
Adventurer
Oops...I had not realised that the users of this forum is prodominantly from the USA...yes I am British, so as a complete newby I am trying to concentrate on learning about European glass wear first. Nevermind I am still finding this site really interesting....thanks for all the help
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 12:06:33 PM
eapg
Trailblazer

Search for Angela Bowey's website.  

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi. *** DoRi Miles, Pattern Glass Editor, EAPGPatterns. I no longer do free i.d.'s as it's a conflict with my business.
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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 2:58:28 PM
msgood2shoe
Guide

Here is a link to the message board associated with Angela Bowey's.  The focus on glass from your "side of the pond" 

 

http://www.glassmessages.com/

 

Here website with links to some resources.

 

http://angelabowey.com/

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in reply to Aug 6, 2013 10:59:32 PM
09*artisan
Adventurer
Thankyou
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