Brass (bottomless) vases.

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by C4RL, Apr 13, 2024.

  1. C4RL

    C4RL New Member

    Hello everyone.

    A first time post from me hoping to find information on a couple of brass vases(?) I own. I acquired them many years ago without knowing what they were, I've just got them out of storage after a property move & decided to try & find out for definite what they are....

    As can be seen in the images (before & after a clean) they don't have bases, they are both like tubes with three pieces of lead melted around the lower sides of each one to add weight & stability. I always imagined they were dried flower holders, maybe Indian but that's just guesswork, despite trying I haven't seen anything similar online but I'm probably missing the correct search terms.

    13" 34cm tall.
    9 1/2" 24cm wide.

    Any ideas appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    Lamp bases? Drums?
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  3. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    They look like hookah bases to me, bases for a waterpipe.
    The wide top is typical for hookah bases because the glass would sit on top of the base. And many of them have an open base because they only serve as a stable support for the hookah contraption.
    People collect nice hookah bases.
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    This is a modern hookah, but to give you an idea how the base is part of the hookah and how the wide top is important, I circled the base:

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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  7. C4RL

    C4RL New Member

    Thank you for your replies everyone.

    The Hookah base looks promising, I'll see if I can find something similar in a search.
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  8. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    Now I see what you’re saying, glass vessel with solid bottom so no solid bottom needed on base. But it does look to me like OP “blobs of lead for weight” are actually where a separate bottom was attached, but either fell off or deliberately removed for some other use. Etsy link shows a similar soldered on bottom, though as you point out, not necessary with glass bowl. (The only hookahs I’ve seen were all brass, so needed a bottom to hold liquid).
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    the water is held in the glass on AJ's example............ what am I missing?
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  10. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    Good point, if glass has solid bottom then it wouldn’t need it on base. I’ll correct.
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    huummmm, I guess it is possible though, that the above pair...were not yet finished or a base is indeed not present,,
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  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    not so fast......blobs of indeed need to be considered......cuz....what r they doing there ????
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  13. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    at 13 inces tall....I'm starting to wonder if a hooka base is even correct....
    the ones I've been looking at are much smaller in size ......
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  14. C4RL

    C4RL New Member

    In my searching so far the Hookah bases I've seen tend to look like fairly solid heavy brass.
    My two examples (which are dimensionally the same but different patterns) are thin brass that has the patterns stamped (repousse?) or hammered into the spun brass. They both have three lumps of lead melted in the bulge near the bases that are absolutely for weight & not the remnants of a previous fixing.
    And they are made in three pieces roughly divided into thirds soldered together at the joints.

    So I'm unsure about a Hookah base but not ruling it out.

    Thanks everyone.
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