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Catercorner are a large brick apartment house and a pair of eclectic private houses. They did not look like that then, the porches have been enclosed and added onto ( above and below) extending the houses out towards the street. Many freestanding houses have peaks and cupolas, but nearly all have been homogenized by the addition of aluminum siding. Still, it’s always nice to see a part of the city that most guidebooks never seem to touch, which is good at times because it gives us a more local look rather than just being dominated by chains and corporations to make it look so touristy.
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Shining Stones: Britain’S Native Marbles by

They began life as sediments, formed from the skeletal remains of calcareous fossils, shells and coral fragments, in ancient tropical seas. Though now hard and cemented, internally they remain today much as when they were deposited – tropical marine sediments packed with unaltered calcitic fossil fragments. Reds and yellows are a result of the presence of various iron compounds, blacks contain organic carbon, greens include copper compounds and whites are almost pure calcium or magnesium carbonate. These compact limestones show a wide range of colours from light grey to black with shades of red, cross-cut by veins of white, yellow and red. The obvious added value of a good polished stone meant that many such limestones formed the basis of small local industries and commonly appear in local churches and houses. Alabaster is a hard, compact, finely crystalline form of gypsum (calcium sulphate) which is usually white, translucent or mottled red in colour. As an added bonus, the museum also has a fine display of clearly labelled marble columns lining the corridors surrounding the main gallery. High status buildings like royal palaces or stately homes may have colourful marble-lined halls, grand marble staircases, or extravagantly carved fireplaces. In the 19th century marbles became decorative status symbols in the newly established banks and commercial headquarters of our major towns and cities. Mingled among them, however, particularly in our parish churches and lesser buildings, are many equally attractive native ‘marbles’. Britain’s geological succession also has many thick beds of limestone. The colour variations so characteristic of true marbles are part of this same alteration process (metamorphism) which redistributes the various chemical compounds present in the original limestone throughout the new crystalline fabric. Presumably the high cost of such a trade meant that alternative sources of decorative stone were soon sought out and the local hard sedimentary limestones were quickly exploited for decorative and ornamental work. Elsewhere, other limestones were often exploited for such decorative work. More colourful native ‘marbles’ were also widely worked for decorative purposes.

Mesmerizing White Grey Granite Countertop | Duration 5 Minutes 44 Seconds This pale, buff-grey crinoidal limestone is still produced and has a long history of use for memorial and ornamental work. Though still not true marbles they commonly show fabrics and textures which suggest they have locally been subjected to the high pressures and temperatures associated with earth movements in this area. This reddish coloured rock originally formed as an accumulation of coarse, angular limestone and sandstone fragments subsequently cemented together by carbonate and known by geologists as a breccia. Both these collections can be viewed by appointment with the curators.

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Stripping the building down was an arduous process, as the hotel had been constructed using more rigid material than earlier buildings had been. Raskob refused to cancel the project because of the progress that had been made up to that point. From there, construction proceeded at a rapid pace; during one stretch of 10 working days, the builders erected fourteen floors. There were also cafes and concession stands on five of the incomplete floors so workers did not have to descend to the ground level to eat lunch. Concrete mixers, brick hoppers, and stone hoists inside the building ensured that materials would be able to ascend quickly and without endangering or inconveniencing the public.

Marbles By Akro Agate Company by

These marbles have little value to today’s collectors for several reasons. Second, since they were the easiest marble to produce, every marble company produced them. Finally, because the marbles are only one color, they do not have much eye appeal. A series of opaques that were produced with opalescent glass is the exception to this. Later examples have tiny open ends at each pole, called “fisheyes”. However, those colors are almost always translucent to transparent and do not have black filaments. Because the different colors were layered as they came out of the furnace and because the colors were of different densities, they created separate strata in the glass stream as it entered the shearing mechanism. The glass stream entered the cup from the top and passed through the hole in the bottom into the shearing mechanism. Corkscrews are identifiable as being two or more spirals of color that rotate around the marble from one pole to the other, but do not intersect. The filaments can almost completely fill the transparent clear or they can be sparse. It is popularly believed that these marbles occurred when the colors were changed in one of the machine hoppers. They may have been intentionally made by using five nozzles, instead of four, to create the glass stream. These appear to have been produced for a short period of time during the mid-1920s. Both of these are readily identifiable because they have a crimp mark at either pole.

Blue Pearl Granite | Marble.Com | Duration 2 Minutes 28 Seconds The other color is a translucent colored patch (generally brown, yellow, red, blue or green) which covers one-quarter to almost one-half the marble. They usually have a tiny crimp mark at one or both poles, and occasionally the marble surface has an orange peel texture to it. They produced both clearies, which are transparent clear or transparent colored glass marbles, and opaques, which are opaque colored glass marbles. It is virtually impossible to distinguish between each company ’s marbles of this type. These marbles are actually semi-opaque and have a distinctive orangish glow when held to a light. It is often confused with red colors of other manufacturers. Two or more streams of colored glass were allowed to enter through the marble-making machine’s shearing mechanism at the same time. The number of different colored spirals in the corkscrew, or the number of different color patches was determined by the number of nozzles that had glass flowing through them when the glass stream was created. You could easily amass a collection of several hundred corkscrews, of which no two would be the exact same color combination or pattern. This unique color is transparent clear with filaments of opaque white. The most common colors, in addition to the clear/white, are red and yellow or green and yellow. However, some of these examples are too perfectly formed to be an accident. It is a variegated stream of glass consisting of two or more colors. Both marbles are an opaque white base with a wispy brown patch brushed on about one-third of the marble. One color is a fluorescent translucent milky brownish/white base. The patch is either opaque or transparent and usually covers about one-quarter of the marble. It appears to be made using the same technique as some cat’s-eyes, in that various colors of glass are injected into a clear stream as it flows through the furnace. Sparklers were produced in the mid to late 1920s and do not appear to have been produced much past 1930. These are a transparent clear base with translucent strands of color running through the center.

Names Of Black Precious Stones Names Of Black Precious Stones Suppliers and Manufacturers At Alibaba by

In cut stones and cabochon we can provide you shape like oval, octagon, pear, marquis and squares in calibrated and freeform sizes. The size will be the exact the same if customer need stone inlay into the ring, earring or pendant.

Bianco Antico Granite | Marble.Com | Duration 2 Minutes 46 Seconds The annual production capacity of this plant is 500000 square meters of granite, marble and others products. Our team ensures complete customer satisfaction through the supreme quality products. We also supply other gemstone beads in different colors, shapes and sizes. Note: new battery only through two or three times complete charge and discharge cycle to achieve the best effect.

Marbles By Peltier Glass Company by

Peltier slags are readily identifiable by the very fine feathering pattern produced by the white swirls. Each character has a specific marble color combination that is most common to that marble. Some of the color combinations have inspired imaginative names among collectors. Rebel is an opaque white or yellow base with black and red ribbons. Superman is opaque light blue base with yellow and red ribbons. In some tri-color examples, the ribbons are a mixture of two colors. The most common colors for the vane are yellow, red, blue, green or white. They are a transparent colored base glass with opaque white swirled in. The company does not appear to have produced clear or orange slags. It is much rarer than the more common multi- colors where the colors are actually ribbons, not swirls. Rarer color combinations are dif ficult to find and are valued much higher. These marbles have an opaque base color with four to eight thin ribbons in the surface.

How To Diy Countertops With Black And Silver Marble (Resin) | Duration 12 Minutes 28 Seconds The base color can be either opaque white or an opaque color. Rainbos do not seem to have quite the variety of corkscrews. The marble consists of a single-vaned opaque color in transparent clear glass.

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Dimension stones have also left deep imprints on the architectural heritage of the country. The success of commercial stone industry solely depends upon defects in rock/stone. Detection of natural defects in decorative and dimensional stone industry play vital role in the quality assessment. It is more often used as dolomite lumps for chemical and industrial uses. Other quartzitic bands, occurring with phyllites and schists, are also utilised for building purposes. India is pioneer in the exploration, mining of commercial rock deposits and in establishing a firm base for stone industry. Agaria is the best variety of this area, with numerous other varieties and patterns, primarily in white base. These are also known as forest green/brown or fancy green/brown. Another variety of the same range is red/maroon-coloured marble. Being to some extent fragile in nature, it is good for interior use only and can be used in even as washboards. Limestones are extensively utilised for manufacturing of cement and also building stones, particularly flooring and roofing.

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Mercury white marble is a good wavy pattern marble, the waves pattern is mix of colors like black, white, light grey which enhances the beauty of the stone to the highest level. We introduce ourselves as a reputed manufacturer & exporter of natural stones, black slate mosaic from rajasthan, india. Buyers can stay rest assured about the quality of our products as we check each and every product at diverse stages. In addition to this we are one of the largest natural marble suppliers in the marketplace.

Nano White Marble Stone Moulding Civillane.Com | Duration 57 Seconds We export black marble slabs, tiles and cut to size. Variations in pattern of these impurities make it a very precious and attractive building stone used in form of tiles and slabs. We introduce ourselves as a reputed manufacturer & exporter of natural stones, kadpa black and ita gold mosaic from rajasthan, india. Our polished black marble slab & tile price are economic. We introduce ourselves as a reputed manufacturer & exporter of natural stones, kadapa black and white mosiac from rajasthan, india.

7 Surprising Facts About Marble and Marble Tile by

The result is large blocks of marble that are harder, denser and more colourful than the original stone. These patterns are created by small minerals that fill cracks and fissures in the original limestone. Therefore, in hot climates, it can help to naturally cool interior spaces. Carpet, for example, can collect dust and animal dander, and wood can mould and bow when wet. These are just a couple of interesting tidbits about marble. Over hundreds of years, immense pressure and high heat compacts and transforms the original limestone. Popular marble choices other than the classic creams and beige include reds, violet and black. Whereas concrete or wood absorb and hold heat, marble tile does not heat up as quickly or absorb the energy.

Streetplay: Glossary Of Marbles Terms and Games by

Most players put the knuckle of their index finger on the ground. Bear in mind that rules vary wildly from region to region and making up a game on the spot isn’t unusual. Instead of shooting at target marbles, you shoot for holes cut into a shoebox (the arches). If the two marbles are close enough, he can attempt to ‘span’ them. He then draws his hand up while bringing his fingers together. If he misses, the first player may shoot at either marble on the field. The process of picking the best possible position for starting is referred to as ‘taking rounders’. Any marbles which miss become the property of the board owner. Whoever’s marble comes closest without going in wins a marble from each player. Each player places a number of marbles around the hole so that there is about a dozen marbles surrounding the hole. If one player’s marble goes in and the other player’s marble doesn’t, the player whose marble went in scores ten points. If he hits it, he earns ten points and another chance to shoot his marble into the hole for ten points. Whenever a marble goes into the hole, both players start over from the starting line, otherwise all shots are made from wherever the marble stopped rolling. Players construct a miniature golf course from materials at hand and take turns shooting their marbles around, through, and over the obstacles they’ve built. The second version of the game is played with a bridgeboard. If he does, then he becomes poison and gets to collect all the marbles you’ve won. Thirteen mibs or target marbles are arranged in a cross inside a ten-foot circle (the ring). The aim is to knock a mib out of the circle while keeping your shooter inside. If you miss or your shooter goes outside the ring, you lose your turn. You position your shooter in the crook of the index finger and flick it out with your thumb. Players roll their marbles toward a line in the dirt (the lag line). When your marble goes into a hole, you score that number of points. He places his thumb on his own marble and his index finger on his opponent’s marble. If a player collects the last marble on the field, he must shoot a marble for the next player to shoot at. In informal games, if your taw is in the ring, it becomes a legitimate target and any player who hits it out collects a forfeit from you. Play alternates until one player has knocked a majority of the marbles out of the ring. Players try to shoot through the holes and win the number of marbles indicated by the number above the hole. Players attempt to get a marble as close as possible to the hole without going in. A one-foot wide hole is dug in the center of a ten-foot circle. If a taw goes into the hole, the owner must forfeit a number of marbles and place them around the hole to ‘buy back’ his shooter. If neither player’s marble goes in, the first player now tries to hit the second player’s marble. If he misses either his opponent’s marble or the hole, the second player tries to hit the first player’s marble for ten points and another try at shooting his marble into the hole for ten points. A successful shoot through the correct arch entitles the shooter to an additional turn. The aim is to be the first player to get your shooter into the hole. But if another player gets his into the hole, then he gets one chance to knock you out. The game ends when all players have taken a shot and none have knocked out the poison. As long as you knock out a mib and your shooter stays in the ring, you can keep shooting.

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They did, however, create a number of styles which are unique to the company. On one pole there is a patch of one color, and encircling the equator are two different colored ribbons. Opposite this there will be a third color which also runs from seam to seam but on the other half of the marble. This marble possesses a white base, with very little or a lot of the white showing through between the patches and ribbons. This marble is basically identical to the other catseyes described above, save that the vanes are of two or more colors. One has four vanes in ” carnival ” glass, which is an iridized yellowish orange color that has been sprayed onto the marble. Finally, there is a peewee variety that measures between 5/16″ and 13/32″. However, these new versions seem to have lighter colors, especially the blue and green. Covering about one third of the surface, and encircling half the marble’s equator from seam to seam, is a patch with red and blue bands. The marbles inside the bags are typically the post-1975 patch marbles, though some contain catseyes. By this method, white-based glass was covered with colored glass, which was much less expensive than using colored glass for the base. Sometimes a bit of the underlying white glass will show through, however. First, the base is translucent, not white with a colored veneer. One of the ribbons runs from seam to seam, so that it encircles half of the marble. This marble can have as many as seven colors in addition to the white. Though sometimes regarded as “rejects” by a few collectors, many of these marbles are beautiful and extremely rare. It is unclear whether or not such marbles were accidentally made and then discarded, or were purposefully made as an experiment but for one reason or another rejected. Marys,” as it appears that this marble was only produced at their plant location in the city of that name, and thus would have had to be made between 1955 and 1958. The most common are those that have two opposing vanes of one color intersected by two opposing vanes of another color. The second type has a transparent ruby red base with a white banana-like blob of glass floating on the interior. Some of these tiny marbles are hybrids , containing two or three colors. Mary’s 4-color catseye and is going to fool some collectors. Also, the green vanes appear to have diffuse edges which do not reach the exterior. The base is almost completely filled with opaque white that has blue and green highlights. These marbles are almost always fractured and are very rare. Below the bar and crown, printed in red, was the name of the type of marble flanked on either side by the number of marbles inside.


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