Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bristol Vase (not! ) and Mary Gregory Vase (not!)

This is one of two auction wins for this week, a Mary Gregory vase.  Mary Gregory refers to the style of the vase, sometimes white figures of children on a solid background.  Mary Gregory may have been a real person ( 1856-1908) who worked for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company until the 1880's , but it wasn't until the 1920's that the Westmoreland Glass Company began marketing glass as "Mary Gregory."  A fabricated story circulated that she was a woman who painted pictures of children because she had none of her own.  So "Mary Gregory" now refers to any vase which looks somewhat like the above, not the actual vases that she may or may not have decorated herself. 
 My second win this week is this opaque painted vase with decals and some applied-by-hand embellishments. 
These are now termed "Bristol Vases."   There is a port in England named Bristol, and some say that the term only applies to blue glass; others say the above is really a Bohemian vase made elsewhere, etc, etc, but Ebay sellers and auction houses for as long as I can remember call these Bristol glass vases, so it's too late to call them what they are, whatever that is.

Thus, I have a Mary Gregory vase that really isn't and a Bristol vase that really isn't.   If you sell either on ebay or at an auction, you have better call it what it isn't or it won't sell! 

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