About a year ago I came upon these pieces in my local thrift store.
My first reaction was that they were spooky in a haunted house kinda way.
My second reaction was that I had to have them. I thought the set was pricey at $50, but for some reason I REALLY wanted them.
Well, they were mysterious then, and they’re even more mysterious now. I have no idea what they are, who made them, when they were made, or if they’re junk or priceless antiques.
The only clue is that a faint “Vereco” appears on the bowls. Vereco is the name of a mid-century French glass company whose pieces are collectible. But the only examples online are plain colored glass.
Do you think I could find even one cruet like these?
I was able to find one or two similar bowls here and there, but nobody seemed to know anything about them. And I found a bottle that was larger, with a different shape but the same filigree. I was, however, impressed with the asking and selling prices!
I can’t stand it when I have a mystery on my hands!
I asked an antiques appraiser. He thought the items were made by individual artisans, perhaps in India. The filigree also looks like Russian tea glass holders (Podstakannik). And a photograph on Flickr has tags that say they’re Swedish vintage items.
At one point I thought they could have been from a 1970s Pier One Imports line, so I contacted the company.
Nope. Wasn’t theirs.
I even saw a similar bottle in an eBay listing for a $1500 antique voodoo box — yikes!
So they remain a mystery — French glass with a twisted wire overlay that could be Indian, Russian, Swedish, Middle Eastern, Hippie American or Early Voodoo Priestess!
And there they sit, on display in my hutch, giving off their wonderful haunted vibe. After all this work, I’m keeping them!
UPDATE: I found a cruet similar to mine at RetroDecoShop, an Etsy seller from Greece.
I contacted the seller, who says that these pieces were made in Epirus, Greece in the 1950s. Apparently there has been a 300-year tradition of performing this filigree work. Since 1900 Greek artisans would use bowls, ashtrays and other items from companies around the world and add their own metalwork by hand.