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The Pleasures of Collecting GlassAuthor: Wendy Beck, Lily Vase Antiques
I began collecting glass about 15 years ago. The first piece I ever bought was a Peachblow Lily vase. It is also the vase that is in my logo. I felt in love with this glass as soon as I got this piece. From there I started going to any antique show or store I could find. In my travels I started to find Burmese Glass and Amberina. These were made in the same time period as Peachblow. I had to learn more about this glass, so I started buying several books on the subject. In reading I learned alot about other glass too, and started collecting Pomona, Moser, Duncan Miller, and Fostoria. Like every collector, it just got so that I had too much. So I became a dealer and started to sell what I really didnít want.
These days, I collect only Victorian glass for myself, as well as Amberina, Burmese and Peachblow. I also collect Orient & Flume Glass. This is a contemporary glass that was made starting in 1970. I had inherited my first piece from my mother. She was given the vase as a present and was told that it came from the Orient. Well, that seemed odd to me as it looked nothing like Oriental glass. So I started to do research on it and found that it came from a town that was only 1 1/2 hours away from me in Chico, California. I made a trip there and spent hours just watching the glassblowers make all kinds of glass. I have a piece for every year they have been in business and even a piece that was made when they were doing Art Festivals. I make a trip each year to get a new piece for my collection, and also to ask and learn anything I can about this type of glass.
Below you will find a short description of the Victorian glass pieces I collect.
With all the different companies making this glass, each one is different in it's own way. Some are more highly sought after than others.
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