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rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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Before leaving Korea at the end of the war, my father

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Before leaving Korea at the end of the war, my father purchased a set of bowls to bring home. The large bowl is approximately 10 inches in diameter with 6 smaller bowls measuring 5 inches. He was told they were made from Agate. They are dark blue at the
rim, then a ring of mauve, a ring of dark green and then yellow and orange/yellow center that light passes through. Did they make glassware from Agate and is it worth anything? I have emailed you a picture of one of the smaller bowls.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 1 year ago.

Yes, Korea did produce bowls made of agate, which is a stone with different colors and striations in it. It is also somewhat translucent if carved vert thin. Please add photos so that I can assess what you have more accurately.

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Expert:  rarewares replied 1 year ago.
This bowl is not agate, it is glass and not stone. There was a US company in the 1930's to 1950's named Akro Agate that made swirl and slag glass that looked a bit similar to this piece, but I am not convinced that this piece is Akro Agate either. I am going to have to opt-out of this question and let someone else jump in with their opinion. My apologies.