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Ritzenhoff penguins

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These are Ritzenhoff shot/schnaps glasses, designed by Iti Janz. They were a Xmas present for Martin – I saw them and couldn’t resist – although purchasing them was a bit of a saga as I really wanted two but they could only find one box and would absolutely not put one of them into another box… In the end they got another correct box from another store I think!

Hand carved penguins

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I’m not entirely sure what these penguins are made of – some sort of crystal type thing. I think they are hand carved, and use the natural colours of the crystal to define the colours of the penguins. It needed two photos because the front and back are so different. They are utterly stunning!

Millefiori penguin

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I saw this penguin in the window of a jewellers while out shopping one day. I couldn’t resist and bought it for Martin for Xmas. I think it is Venetian Murano Millefiori (meaning a thousand flowers) glass – or it is supposed to be! Sadly it is a bit unstable and falls easily!

The first one

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This was the penguin that started it all. It was the centrepiece (& inspiration for) of a box full of penguins given to Martin for his birthday. The reason for a box full of penguins – he was working for a Linux company and the Linux logo is Tux, a penguin. Since then the collection has just gotten bigger, and here we are – doing a penguin a day!