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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2017, 07:04:53 am »

Well, I have another opal bottle to share. This one is 2 1/4 inches tall and well hollowed. Once again, I bought it for the "fire". It was described as "black opal". I don't know if it is opal matrix, or black opal? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2017, 07:07:32 am »

Inn,

Thank you for your compliments. I really appreciate it.

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« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2017, 11:16:52 am »

Toni-Lee,

Another stunning opal bottle! I have heard this described as black opal too. But who cares - that blue-green fire is mesmerizing - and I'm only looking at the photos! I can imagine what it is like in the hand.

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« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2017, 01:00:36 pm »

Dear Toni-Lee,

      I agree with Tom. As a snuff bottle, it is not important. But as an Opal, it is gorgeous.
Thank you for posting.
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« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2017, 03:36:23 pm »

Hi Toni-Lee

That really is  an amazing  bottle !  I have always  loved  opal

I  would  like to know how  you  bought it and how  much you paid for  it, if you  don't mind telling me please.

You can reply by  private message if  you prefer

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« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2017, 04:26:12 pm »

Hi Peter,

I assume you are talking about the last opal bottle I posted.  I probably bought this around 1979. It was part of a lot of three bottles that I bought from a shop in California and I can't recall what I paid, but if I had to guess it was no more than $120.00 for the lot. Those were the days!  Thanks for your comments.

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« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2017, 07:02:52 pm »

Another really nice grade of opal.. !
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« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2017, 07:42:33 pm »

Stunning!
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« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2017, 07:44:46 pm »

Toni-Lee

These are superb bottles ... wow. Congrats !
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« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2017, 10:03:58 pm »


 Those were the days! 


Hi Toni-Lee,

You are absolutley correct. As the Mary Hopkins song goes....
"Those were the days my friend...!"   Cheesy

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« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2017, 10:28:45 am »

Guys,

    About 20 years ago, Clare Chu (then Clare Lawrence) and I were shmoozing at a convention. It was in Hong Kong, at the HK half of the 1996 Beijing/HK ICSBS convention.  After doing 'retail therapy' at Shanghai Tang, among a lot of other shops, on a free afternoon, we were having High Tea at the Mandarin in Central with Sara Venning, who then worked for Clare.

    Clare suggested then, that in 40 or 50 years, WE would be the 'oldsters' at the convention, talking about when we'd been a lot younger how cheap bottles had been, at 'ONLY'  US$5,000-10,000 for a great white Nephrite Jade; or 'only' US$15,000 for a great Zhou Leyuan!  Etc.

    Hearing Toni's prices, I am reminded of it.  Grin Wink Shocked
If I'd only known then what I know now, I would have had the greatest collection for relatively low outlay. Ah, 20/20 hindsight...   Roll Eyes Grin
But I can't complain, either.

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