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I don’t know what I’m doing but hope this actually posts! Never joined a group before. Been a novice digger on and off with some pretty good finds. I’m curious as to what this is and how old if anyone knows. Uneven top, swirl blown glass with pontil bottom. Approximately 5”x5”. Hope someone knows! Thanks
 

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I'm thinking Modern reproduction but I'm no expert. LEON.

P.S. Welcome to the site.
 

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I don’t know what I’m doing but hope this actually posts! Never joined a group before. Been a novice digger on and off with some pretty good finds. I’m curious as to what this is and how old if anyone knows. Uneven top, swirl blown glass with pontil bottom. Approximately 5”x5”. Hope someone knows! Thanks
 

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With no marks on it, looks to be fairly new. In the bottle and glass world that would be called a slick, no way to tell what it is.
 

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Ok thanks! I’ll look that word up. It was in my great uncle’s collection actually and some were passed to me. I know it to be since the 30’s. I’ll keep looking. Appreciate it. I have several nice finds that I’d love to post and get opinions
 

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Ok thanks! I’ll look that word up. It was in my great uncle’s collection actually and some were passed to me. I know it to be since the 30’s. I’ll keep looking. Appreciate it. I have several nice finds that I’d love to post and get opinions
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I don’t know what I’m doing but hope this actually posts! Never joined a group before. Been a novice digger on and off with some pretty good finds. I’m curious as to what this is and how old if anyone knows. Uneven top, swirl blown glass with pontil bottom. Approximately 5”x5”. Hope someone knows! Thanks
Welcome to the site Eneey.

Mailman1960 was being both a little facetious and liberal in applying the term "slick" to your glassware item. "Slick" is actually bottle collector and digger's slang for a bottle without embossed embellishment or nomenclature such as the contents product name, producer's name, city of origin, advertising claims and et cetera. In other words, a plain and unadorned container. If you watch a few bottle-digging videos, chances are good that you will see a digger extract a bottle from the dirt, wipe the crud from it surfaces in anticipation and then utter "slick" or "nobody home" in a disappointed tone.

Unless that--let's call it a snifter--of yours was a popular pattern by a known maker who produced a lot of them, I doubt that you'll have much success in pinning down time and place of origin beyond what you already know. (I'm assuming that your curiosity has monetary limits which preclude paying a laboratory to chemically analyze the glass constituents.) If your great uncle traveled in Europe, then I'd speculate that the snifter was likely produced in Italy or Czechoslovakia--but that speculation is based on little more than both countries being notable for their production of artistic glassware. Mexico is another prolific producer of what is often, no offense intended, souvenir glassware. I'd also venture to say that the item was produced specifically for its decorative value more than the functional. Both brandy snifters and balloon wine glasses are typically manufactured from colorless glass as an important component of their function is to accurately display the liquor's color.

I'm not a student of European art glass or stemware. I merely know that certain regions, Venice, Italy in particular, are known for their glass blowing. As I write this, a decorated, cobalt blue decanter and set of shot glasses sits in a corner cabinet behind my right shoulder. My parents bought the set in Venice as a souvenir of our 1964 trip to visit the German side of my family and tour a bit of Europe.

Someone member of this forum with more expertise in patterned glass and/or stemware might chime in to venture an opinion on age and country of origin of your piece based upon the decorative styling or even the glass color (in the full-size image, the glass seems to have an uncommon metallic luster to my eyes, but that observation might simply result from my not having consumed a second cup of coffee yet).

Antique, vintage, stemware, snifter, balloon wine glass, blue, cobalt blue and swirl are key-words that I employed in trying to find matching item images online.

Closest results to matching your item were obtained when searching on the text-string: antique blue swirl snifter

I hope this helps,

Good luck.
 

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Welcome to the site Eneey.

Mailman1960 was being both a little facetious and liberal in applying the term "slick" to your glassware item. "Slick" is actually bottle collector and digger's slang for a bottle without embossed embellishment or nomenclature such as the contents product name, producer's name, city of origin, advertising claims and et cetera. In other words, a plain and unadorned container. If you watch a few bottle-digging videos, chances are good that you will see a digger extract a bottle from the dirt, wipe the crud from it surfaces in anticipation and then utter "slick" or "nobody home" in a disappointed tone.

Unless that--let's call it a snifter--of yours was a popular pattern by a known maker who produced a lot of them, I doubt that you'll have much success in pinning down time and place of origin beyond what you already know. (I'm assuming that your curiosity has monetary limits which preclude paying a laboratory to chemically analyze the glass constituents.) If your great uncle traveled in Europe, then I'd speculate that the snifter was likely produced in Italy or Czechoslovakia--but that speculation is based on little more than both countries being notable for their production of artistic glassware. Mexico is another prolific producer of what is often, no offense intended, souvenir glassware. I'd also venture to say that the item was produced specifically for its decorative value more than the functional. Both brandy snifters and balloon wine glasses are typically manufactured from colorless glass as an important component of their function is to accurately display the liquor's color.

I'm not a student of European art glass or stemware. I merely know that certain regions, Venice, Italy in particular, are known for their glass blowing. As I write this, a decorated, cobalt blue decanter and set of shot glasses sits in a corner cabinet behind my right shoulder. My parents bought the set in Venice as a souvenir of our 1964 trip to visit the German side of my family and tour a bit of Europe.

Someone member of this forum with more expertise in patterned glass and/or stemware might chime in to venture an opinion on age and country of origin of your piece based upon the decorative styling or even the glass color (in the full-size image, the glass seems to have an uncommon metallic luster to my eyes, but that observation might simply result from my not having consumed a second cup of coffee yet).

Antique, vintage, stemware, snifter, balloon wine glass, blue, cobalt blue and swirl are key-words that I employed in trying to find matching item images online.

Closest results to matching your item were obtained when searching on the text-string: antique blue swirl snifter

I hope this helps,

Good luck.
Sounds a little bit like a slick. I mentioned there were many knowledgeable people on of site, me not so much. I was being a little simplistic knowing that somebody would handle your question a little better and wasn't let down.
 

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Sounds a little bit like a slick. I mentioned there were many knowledgeable people on of site, me not so much. I was being a little simplistic knowing that somebody would handle your question a little better and wasn't let down.
Thank you so much willong. Clearly my first post was a bit embarrassing but I’m new I realized the “slick” term after looking online. Did figure out it was a snifter and yes my great uncle had been in Europe so it definitely fits. Thanks for being so kind. I love the glass and was looking for some history and you did that.
 

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Thank you so much willong. Clearly my first post was a bit embarrassing but I’m new I realized the “slick” term after looking online. Did figure out it was a snifter and yes my great uncle had been in Europe so it definitely fits. Thanks for being so kind. I love the glass and was looking for some history and you did that.
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