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Jungle Jas
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« Reply #80 on: October 15, 2017, 06:18:07 pm »

Hi Adrian, since my last post I have had a few days off and went to the Newark antique fair, for those of you that don't live in the UK it is supposed to be the biggest fair in Europe!  I managed to track down an applied multi coloured glass bottle in a similar randomly applied and carved manner as your first bottle. It was a much larger carved bottle some 4 inches high by 5 inches wide, what I call a table bottle. It was nice to see at close quarters, however it did not appeal due to the nature of the carving. Thanks for drawing my attention to this type of bottle though, had it not been for you I probably would not have taken quite so much interest in it.

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« Reply #81 on: Today at 09:33:49 am »

Hi Jason,

I thought I would post a picture of this bottle from my collection as you were commenting on the thickness of the glass overlay on Rube's bottle.

This is three layered colours of overlay on a bottle and I would think is Republic period onwards.

I assume the thickness of the overlay is dictated mainly by the temperature the overlay glass is held at prior to being used. I imagine a higher temperature leads to a thinner overlay layer as the glass will be more liquid so when the base bottle is dipped in the overlay colour more of that colour will run off.

I know that some additives were used to make the glass used for blown bottles more pliable so it could be blown without breaking. I don't know if it was possible to use some additive that would make glass more liquid allowing for thinner layers of overlays ?

As I don't recall older multiple overlay bottles as having noticeably thin overlay layers then could that be a result of their inability to control furnace temperatures to give enough heat for thinner layers ?

Regards, Adrian.

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