|My collection of Cranberry-Moser glass on a table in the Up River Parlor.|
Usually when I am looking for something to add to one of my antiques collections,I think, bigger and better. That does not always apply. Sometime the best things came in small packages. My post today is about some items that are, "Little but Mighty".So many people come into the shop today and say."I don't have any room for new things", I want to say,"why are you here then"? But under my breath I am thinking, "there is always room for more"! And to me that is the dumbest statement. It is like going to a grocery store and saying, I don't need food as I already have some at home. DAH!!!! If I had an endless money source, I would be out looking for the most expensive, little, worthless things in the world. As really, all they are good for in todays world, is just to look at. Sounds good to me! These little gems always bring a smile. They are little jewelery for the table. Sparkle-Sparkle! I love to say."It's mine, I found it, you can't have it"!
|Signed Moser glass cup and saucer with heavy gold decorations.|
This little stash of goodies that I am preaching about today is a table full of Cranberry- Moser Glass. Cranberry glass as it is known in Europe and America is a red glass made by adding gold - chloride to molten glass. Tin in the form of stannous- chloride, is sometimes added in tiny amounts as a reducing factor of gold, because of the price of gold. This glass is used primarily in expensive decorations. Cranberry glass is usually made in smaller items rather than large ones due to the high cost of the gold and the delicate mixing process required. If too much gold is used, the glass becomes a dark color more known as ruby glass. So the combination of gold and molten glass has to be just right. The gold chloride is made by dissolving gold in a solution of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid. The glass is always hand blown or hand blown into a two part mold. The finished, hand blown glass is a type of colloid,a solid phrase(gold) disposed inside another solid phase(glass). If you look from the edge it appears to be in two layers.The very top edge often is clear. Cranberry glass was believed to have been discovered during the Roman Empire. The most famous period of Cranberry Glass production was in 19th century Britain,during the Victorian era. That would be the years that Queen Victoria was on the throne of England. 1839-1903. Cranberry glass creations were mostly popular as table displays to hold flowers or wine glasses,decanters and finger bowls. Larger pieces were usually made up of several smaller pieces, like an epergne or table lamp.Metal parts were used to connect the smaller sections.
|Cranberry-Moser glass pill box.|
|Cranberry-Moser glass with English Sterling Sweet Meat Box.|
|English Sterling and Cranberry Master Salt.|
|A very rare and unusual piece of Cranberry-Moser glass. A child's or Salesmen sample Epergne.|
|At the base of the center trumpet you can see the clear glass with the cranberry color inside. This is the layers I was talking about. A clear layer with the gold trapped inside.|
|At the base of the Cranberry Glass trumpet you can again see the clear glass layer.|
|The amber-greenish edge would have been applied after the trumpet was blown into a mold. This is one of the things that Moser glass was known for.|
|Another Tussie-Mussie. Or Possie-holder. Metal base is gold gilt spelter metal with a cherub.|
|Cranberry-Moser glass trinket box with heavy decoration.|
|If you look close at the side of this piece you can see that the gold,cranberry layer is inside of a clear outside layer.|