Good morning Merry,
Sorry to hear the pain is persisting. Medical marijuana is a wonderful help, have you ever considered it? It was prescribed to the British Royal family for centuries as an effective painkiller and is less addictive than caffeine.
Meanwhile, I'd be happy to help with your birds, could you very kindly attach the photos at your convenience. I'm sorry if you've already done so, they didn't come through this end. The site has a glitch with the picture-attaching process at the moment. No idea what's causing it. So apologies on their behalf for the inconvenience.
Photo came through perfectly, thanks. What an interesting and decorative pair!
I'll have an answer for you as soon as I can.
Apologies for the delay on this one, my fault entirely, no family emergency, I've just been completely slammed with work, which is a good thing for me but not for you waiting, I'm so sorry. Anyway, I'm back now and can give your birds my full and prompt attention.
So glad to hear your sixtieth was a success, and that you're about to be lounging on the beach. There's nothing more healing than ocean ozone and the odd piña colada, and sending all your friends postcards saying, "The weather is here, wish you were lovely!"
Art Glass Toucan & Parrot.
Your glass birds were made by Swarovski Crystal, one of the preeminent makers of art crystal glass in the world, based in Wattens, Austria.
These figures are two of their so-called Crystal Paradise Collection, namely the Dark Green Macaw.#685824 and the Toucan Black Diamond,#0850600 (The other two in the series of four are the Green Rosella Jonquil and the Paradise Cockatoo).
They were designed by Roland Schuster for Swarovski, introduced in 2005 & 2006 (respectively) and retired in 2011 & 2009 (respectively) and they retailed for $2,775 each.
Their resale value on the secondary market (auctions and on line sales) today, is a little less than that of course, but still a good chunk of folding stuff.
If you were to offer these for sale at a good local auction or on line (eBay etc) they would fetch $600 - $850 apiece.
They therefore have a full replacement/insurance value of $1750 each.
Hope this is a nice surprise!
That's great news on the Wempe necklace, it sounds beautiful. I'm so glad you got such a positive response from their main office in Germany. Good for you!
You are so welcome! Thanks so much.
I believe they should each have a tiny Swarovski swan mark on the tail. On the toucan it's at the top of the tail on the left edge.
OKay! Safe journey!