I am looking for book or magazine coverage of bottles that were blown in metal pierced sleeves. I have at least six product pieces of this type of creation. The first two were decanters and now I have a large bottle and four small double shot glasses made by someone that knew how to do it. I have no idea of how they were formed without checking the glass, so I have to assume the metal sleeves were preheated before the glass was blown in them. As soon as I can get my camera working I will post some pictures. The metal sleeves have been stamped with diamond square holes with protruding glass in each one. I will appreciate any possible help. RED Mathews
I try to avoid damage when possible but sometimes you have to buy what you can get. I recently picked up a Baltimore ink in puce that has a damaged lip and after showing it to a Baltimore digger I was told of the few examples he had seen all of them have had lip damage. I understand not liking damage and avoiding it but sometimes the only opportunity for the harder to find pieces is having a damaged piece. Yes it does hurt the value, but it may be the only way to have an example. You guys know as well as anyone that you can't always buy rare pieces because they never hit the market. That is what is so great about digging, it is your best chance at owning that rare one of a kind piece. I recently emailed a member that is from Ohio who dug a rare colored mineral water from my area and asked him if he still had the shards. He said he would try to find them and I could have them if he did. There is not much or any value to them money wise but they were like gold to me because it was documented history that one exists.
Don't want to sound like a chump getting all technical here, but I see a difference between defects and damage. Most of the stuff posted here looks to be rare bottles that were broken or damaged, as opposed to bottles with seldom seen (rare) manufacturing defects, like folds, birdswings or whatever that is with the amber Wood's Black Ink cone on ebay right now. I've got several broken rare bottles, some sitting on the shelf with my good stuff, and probably only a couple with good manufacturing defects.