Featured mystery pressed uranium glass mugs: Walther & Sohne?

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by dude, Nov 22, 2021.

  1. dude

    dude Well-Known Member

    Hi all. I have four mugs with the same figure. I thought it was Ben Franklin or one of the early US colonists when I found them. Not sure if they are of a country's king, King Jesus, St. Paul, St. Peter, another early pope, or someone else. They definitely look Christian-themed to me. I see either an ichthus pattern around the crown or a crown of thorns as part of the larger crown.

    All that I have found so far was that they are (as I suspected) uranium glass and were an anomaly on another site a few years back:


    Does anyone recognize them? Thanks!

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I think you're reading too much into them.
  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    These have been on a good Facebook glass page too. consensus was 30s and the feeling was they were meant to be playing card images.
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  4. TallCakes

    TallCakes Well-Known Member

  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That was my impression when I saw dude's photos.
  6. dude

    dude Well-Known Member

    Thanks again all, especially Tall Cakes for all of the links. If anyone who has Worthpoint feels inclined to clue me in on a ballpark range of what the sets sold for, that would be most helpful.

    All things considered, I think I'll tag them "30s Walther & Sohne Art Deco Uranium Glass King Playing Card Face Mugs.

    I gift or flip most glass pieces I come across, including uranium ones, but these are so neat and clouded in mystery I may just get a blacklight and a display case and enjoy them.
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  7. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Unless your pics are deceptive, might want to actually use a black light on these before calling them 'uranium glass' (anyone looking for that would expect to see images with the fluorescence) - they don't appear to be the same color as those in your link, and while they may have uranium salts present, suspect the 'glow' might be less vivid. Personally, have used a UV light for decades, they are useful in so many ways for determining or at least giving clues in numerous areas concerning material, age, damage, etc. (and they're just kind of fun too)...

    Here is a blue mug currently on eBay:



    And a green jug that the seller might have considered looking at with a black light:



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  8. dude

    dude Well-Known Member

    Cool, thanks for the info and advice.
  9. Msalicia

    Msalicia Well-Known Member

    I see King Henry VIII mug on those mugs.
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  10. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Nah. Too skinny, wrong face shape, no beard.
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