silver overlay glass?

bungalow975March 7, 2012

I saw this trinket dish(?) at an auction a number of years ago, and loved it at first sight. It is tiny--just over 3 inches square and an inch high--and very pretty. The glass has an almost velvety feel to it. The color is iridescent rosy amethyst at the top, shading to almost clear on the bottom. It has a polished pontil (with a tiny nick in it) and no maker's mark. I do not know if the overlay is actually silver or something else. Under magnification, there is what appears to be a very tiny "88" stamped on one of the flower petals. I think it resembles some Czech glass, but would like to know more about it.

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I have been seeing this stuff lately at shows and watching on ebay and some of it is called Alvin silver overlay but not sure yours is that name.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 5:22PM
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Are you sure that it's stamped 88 & not 84? I know less than nothing about overlay but 84 was a silver purity mark sometimes seen on Russian articles.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 8:39PM
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Not Alvin silver overlay.
How are the flowers put on? Painted? Glazed?
I really have no idea what it the overlay silver.....or just sort of silvery?
Does it tarnish?
Linda C

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:36PM
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The flowers are definitely some kind of overlay, and are actually attached to the metal rim. It looks like silver, and is lightly tarnished. I will try to get a better look at what appears to be stamped numbers on the metal.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 10:16PM
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