Antique bright cobalt blue-blown sugar bowl sold for $2,300
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Antique bright cobalt blue-blown sugar bowl sold for $2,300

This amazing piece of blown blue glass made in 1780 in Pittsburgh is a rarity that sold for $2,340. But be careful when buying antique glass; many fakes were made in the 1930s and may still fool buyers. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.) It is very difficult to identify early blown glassware from the 18th century because talented modern glass blowers can make good copies in the earlier styles and colors. Today, chemical analysis of the glass, along with other modern methods, can identify the source of the sand (silica) used in glass. It was discovered that many museums had 1930s Mexican copies. If you are lucky enough to find a piece of early American blown glass, look at the shape and clarity of the glass, ask about the history, and look for scratches and other marks that indicate wear. Then get a bill of sale that describes the piece and includes the probable age and history. Also, be sure there is a money-back guarantee if the piece turns out to be a fake. Most auctions do this, but online sales of unknown dealers or galleries can be dangerous, especially when you are buying old glass. A bright cobalt blue-blown covered […]

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