Grafl. Zu Solms. – Glasfab. Andreashutte Target Ball

Provenance: Ex: Ralph Finch collection, American Glass Gallery

Here is a German ball that is somewhat of a mystery. The 2-5/8″ diameter Grafl Zu Solms Glasfab Andreashutte ball is one of a handful of balls with a long neck which has puzzled target ball collectors who do not know why a small grouping of balls would be produced in such a manner. Research shows that this ball might be attributed to Johann Grafl Zu Solms and the ball made in a glass factory in the small town of Andreashutte in Eastern Poland.

The 2-piece mold ball is embossed “GRAFL . ZU SOLMS. GLASFAB. ANDREASHUTTE.” We usually see the ball in shades of amber, aqua and clear. Our museum example is golden amber with a bit of an orange or reddish tone. There is a quilted diamond pattern above and below a center band which contains the embossed copy. The long neck terminates with a rough sheared mouth.

Read: What are target balls? I’m glad you asked! By Ralph Finch

Support: John Pastor and American Glass Gallery.

Support: Auction Lot 132: “Grafl. Zu Solms.” – “Glasfab. Andreashutte” Target Ball, two-piece mold construction, Germany, 1875-1900. Spherical with the quilted diamond pattern above and below the center band, colorless, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8 inches. Unusual longer neck with thick glass and one of the few colorless target balls. Fine condition. Cindy Gaffney collection. Norman C. Heckler & Company

Support: Auction Lot 132: Lot: 146 “Grafl. Zu Solms.” – “Glasfab. Andreashutte” Target Ball, two-piece mold construction, Germany, 1875-1900. Spherical with quilted diamond pattern above and below center band with embossed lettering, deep amber with strong puce tones, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8 inches. Thick glass, numerous bubbles and a wonderful color make this one a winner. Fine condition. Cindy Gaffney collection.Norman C. Heckler & Company

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