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Old Feb 10, 2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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A few 170-odd year-old (1825 - 35) pressed glass cup plates from my wife's antique glass collection. It was the custom in the18th and early 19th Century to drink tea (which was served in tea cups as it is today), from the saucerinto which it was poured from the cup; after the tea was poured into the saucer, the cup was then placed on a cup plate.

1) "Peacock Feather"
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Old Feb 10, 2008, 11:27 PM   #2
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2) "Fort Pitt Eagle"
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3) "Sandwich Star" (one of the earliest made, from the Sandwich glass factory)
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Very nice designs on those plates. How did you photograph them - on a black background with flash? The middle one looks markedly brighter than the other two. New info (at least for me) on the tradition too! I have seen people pour tea onto the chinasaucer (though not considered good manners, many still do this tocool the tea to a 'sip'pable temperature), but have not heard of another glassplate to keep the cup.
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Old Feb 11, 2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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Very nice designs on those plates. How did you photograph them - on a black background with flash? The middle one looks markedly brighter than the other two.
They were photographed on a black background in a light tent (Photek Digital Lighthouse)illuminated from both sides and open at the top. The second one is bright because of internal reflections from themany densely packed prisms (known as "lacy glass"). I had to tone down the first one to minimize the reflections from the curved surfaces.
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Lovely pieces of glass nicely captured..........musket.
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 10:20 PM   #7
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Thanks, Musket. She has many more, but these are among the more photogenic.
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That must be a beautiful collection that your wife has! I'm glad to see more of them after your selection for the monthly challenge. You certainly did a fine set-up job for them.

Thanks for sharing!
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That must be a beautiful collection that your wife has! I'm glad to see more of them after your selection for the monthly challenge. You certainly did a fine set-up job for them.

Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks, Ron. She has quite a collection, assembled over many years, butwith little space to display it, which may be just as well since welive in earthquake country!
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Old Mar 2, 2008, 7:22 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing this fine artwork.. You did a great job to capture the beauty of them.. Really beautiful glass plates.. and thanks for a story too..
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