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Leighton Slag Or Nothing Special????

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I purchased this slag a while back, was wanting a second opinion or three as to whether or not this is a Leighton. It is slightly over 3/4" and has a ground pontil.

Do you mean a marble made by Harvey Leighton, in which case Galen's melted-pontil comment would apply? (Also sometimes classified as Barberton or Navarre)

Or the hand-gathered ground-pontil marbles (some with unusual colors) people used to call Leighton, but we now know are German?

Dave may be right about the Bulgarian provenance/

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I haven't seen the new Bulgarian ones in person, so I can't say anything about their pontils. But if it were an old German ground-pontil marble, the pontil would be smooth, usually with facets visible, if you turned it just right in a raking light.

Some of the Bulgarian ones are interesting, and have tempted me, but so far I haven't gotten any. The more I look at this one the more I'm seeing Bulgarian. Maybe I should stop looking. WC Dave? Seems like I remember you having gotten some. Or has my grip on reality loosened even more than I thought? (Don't hesitate to be frank.)

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You are still firmly rooted in reality Ann. The bulgarians that i have seen in hand all have a single pontil, often sloppy looking and very roughly ground. The glass has a newer less dense feel to it, very bubbly.

Thanks Dave! Looks like its Bulgarian then.... Just as everyone suspected. Thanks all for the help!

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