Posted by Mark (leave feedback to contact me) on October 12, 2011 at 20:14:04:
In Reply to: Re: Cataloging Shots posted by Jim H on October 11, 2011 at 12:08:31:
: : Do you label your shots? How do you keep track of what you have? What kind of cataloging system do you use?
: My collection is a little different, (just started collecting a few months ago) I only collect glasses without any paint, advertising, place names, etc. I look for variants in number of facets, shape, type of bottom, etc, so far I have found about 40 varieties. I made up a spread sheet that lists facet number (so far-0,4,6,8,10,12,14,16 and 36) with 14 being the most common. Other categories on the spreadsheet include wall thickness (thick medium and thin) shape of the inside bottom and outside bottom (round, flat, bump or slight bump), how the facet is cut (flat, rounded gouge, or v-cut) measurements of the top diameter, bottom diameter, bottom thickness and facet height as well as mold marks (so far-script L, F in a shield, 14L, 10, J, USA53, HA, and anchorH) I had no idea when I started that there would be so many configurations of plain old clear glass shots.
I assume that you only collect glasses that are the "standard" shape. The numbers that you mention with your "mold marks" are mold numbers -- don't worry about the numbers, there are many for each maker's mark. When counting the number of facets, the odd-numbered ones are hard to find, but they are out there. You mention the facets which I assume are at the outside bottom, don't forget to look for panels, or flat sections on the inside.
Are you aware of the multiple styles that the Libbey L appears as? circled-script-L, script-L-with-no-mold-number, script-L-with-mold-number-to-the-side, script-L-with-mold-number-below
See this page for other maker's marks to look for: http://www.shotglass.org/identify.html
See this page for 64 examples in my collection http://www.shotglass.org/cgi-bin/display.pl?topic=%3EStandard(.*?)plain
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