Victorian Glass with Applied Trails, Identification Guide + Gallery

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A very popular glass making technique during the Victorian era, was clear or coloured glass with applied trailing. The trails can be in the form of simple thin lines, either vertical, horizontal, or a continuing spiral around the vessel. Sometimes the trails can start or end with a thicker, tadpole shaped lobe, or the very impressive "peacock eye's", also known as "Cairngorm". Glass with applied trailing was often method used by glass manufacturers from the Stourbridge area of England, including Stuart & Sons, Stevens & Williams, Thomas Webb and Boulton & Mills. Glass factories in America, as well as Czech/Bohemian glassworks, have also made glassware in this style.

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Victorian Purple & Clear Glass Peacock Eye Trails / Cairngorm Bowl

A Victorian clear glass bowl with applied purple and clear 'Peacock Eye' trailed decoration, also known as 'Cairngorm'.

Victorian Blue & Clear Glass Peacock Eye Trails / Cairngorm Bowl

A Victorian clear glass bowl with applied blue and clear 'Peacock Eye' trailed decoration, also known as 'Cairngorm'.

Victorian Pink, Yellow & Clear Glass Peacock Eye Trails / Cairngorm Bowl

A Victorian clear glass bowl with horizontal machine threading, and applied pink and uranium green 'Peacock Eye' trailed decoration, also known as 'Cairngorm'.

Victorian Purple, Yellow & Clear Glass Peacock Eye Trails / Cairngorm Bowl

A Victorian clear glass bowl with applied purple trailing and uranium green 'Peacock Eye' trailed decoration, also known as 'Cairngorm'.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Peacock Eye Trails / Cairngorm Vase

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green and clear 'Peacock Eye' trailed decoration, also known as 'Cairngorm'.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Peacock Eye Trails / Cairngorm Vase

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green 'Peacock Eye' trailed decoration, also known as 'Cairngorm'.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass 'Tadpole Trails' Vase c 1900

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green 'Tadpole' decoration.

Victorian Purple & Clear Glass 'Tadpole Trails' Vase c 1900

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied purple 'Tadpole' decoration.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Vase with Applied Trailing

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green trailing.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Vase with Applied Trailing

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green trailing.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Vase with Applied Trailing

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green trailing.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Vase with Applied Trailing

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green trailing.

Victorian Green & Clear Glass Vase with Applied Trailing

A Victorian clear glass vase with applied green trailing. Possibly by Stuart & Sons.

Victorian Antique Green Glass Vase with Applied Trailing

A Victorian green glass vase with applied trailing.

Victorian Antique Uranium Green & Opalescent Glass Vase

A Victorian uranium green glass vase with applied blue trailing, and an opalescent three way crimped rim.


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References

For more information on Victorian glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Victorian Decorative Glass: British Designs, 1850-1914 | ISBN 978-0764315978


British Glass, 1800-1914 | ISBN 978-1851491414


Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940 | ISBN 978-0966837612

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