Thursday, 34 and raining.
Friday, 24 with scattered snow flurries.
Saturday, 15 with heavy frost.
Sunday: 34 and cloudy.
There. all caught up weatherwise. Saturday was actually our prettiest day, with the sun out most of the day. It warmed up to 44, but dropped quickly after sunset.
Saturday was the Glasslovers Glass Identification Day at the antique mall. I had a blast! My friend Rachel, who once had an antique shop herself, came to help me ID any glass that was brought in. We had no idea what to expect, if we would be overwhelmed or if it would be a bust. We came prepared though. I brought most of my glass library and Rachel brought her books too. I also brought along my laptop so I would have access to some of the excellent online resources.
We only had 4 people come in with glass, but two of them brought several boxes each--and about half of what they brought was pottery/ceramics, not glass! Surprisingly, a lot of people apparently don't know the difference.
We were only stumped by two pieces, so we took photos of those to do more research when we got home. I found those this morning, so all in all we did really well. Did we have any super-valuable pieces turn up? No, but a lot of what did come in was interesting, especially to me, the lover of old Early American Pattern Glass. Of course, there were several pieces worth about a dollar or so; if a person isn't into glass and looking at it every day, how would they know what was good and what wasn't?
I hope we do it again sometime. It was fun, and I learned a lot in the process.
Here's a photo of a bowl like one of my favorite pieces that came in. This bowl is from the Early American Pattern Glass Society's database, and was taken by collector Don Plank who is quite an expert on this kind of glass. This pattern is called Admiral, and was made by Beaumont Glass around 1899.
This one had me stumped for a bit. I found it this morning: Heavy Grape by Fenton Glass. It's hard to see, but there is a grape pattern in the bottom.
Today I am back to work on painting projects. Chicken is in the crockpot, and Larry is on the roof, repairing what we hope is the place that has been leaking. Fingers crossed!
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