DCP04688ExpClosepack-H.Dreier...A terrific Strathearn late period Experimental Closepack from 1979 to 1980 and currently attributed to Master Craftsman Herbert Dreier showing many of the later created complex millefiori Strathearn canes and set on a deep blue translucent ground, 2.93" x 2.05" and 17 ozs. Concave fire-polished base with a raised pontil mark. No label. Circa 1979 to 1980. Caveat: While there is no doubting that these are late period Strathearn canes and most likely made by Dave Moir and Herbert Dreier for the most part, there seems to be some ongoing degree of controversy as to whether or not this and other similiar cane weights were actually made at Strathearn or someplace else by someone else at a later date. The primary point of contention is the apparent glass batch mix, as under UV analysis it does not appear to match the generally accepted Strathearn Glass Batch mix analysis of other older and late period Strathearn weights under the same UV testing. It might also simply be that as during this late 1979 to 1980 period as Strathearn was preparing to shut down all paperweight making generally used 'batch mixing supplies' were running low and other glass batch mixes were used. Perhaps this mystery will be resolved one day but for the time being I will place these canes in my "Strathearn Canes" albums in either the 1979 or 1980 albums since I am able to identify some of these canes used in other known and dated Strathearn weights and from other late period Strathearn weights and I will post additional information on others of these canes as I discover it. acquired 12-13-05.
From Experimental Millefiori Weights