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Offline Sid

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« on: April 10, 2005, 12:23:15 AM »

After some of the other topics here the last day or so, this request seems sort of mundane.  I have picked up a little blue opalescent folded dish.  It is 5 inches (12.7 cm) long and sits on four feet.  The bottoms of the feet are ground.  I feel that it is Davidson or Greener but cannot find a registry mark or number on it nor can I find this pattern in the books that I have available.

Does anyone recognize this piece?



Offline Bernard C

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2005, 05:07:47 AM »
Sid — As you say, almost certainly either Davidson or Greener Pearline, although Pearline should really only be applied to Davidson.   Convention today is to use the initial capital tradename for Davidson, the lowercase generic term for Greener and other manufacturers.   Davidson's patent for Pearline was approved Dec. 7, 1889, see

I prefer a Greener attribution for this pattern as there are Greener registered designs with similar flamboyant gadrooning but with different main body patterns, like 138051 of Nov. 14, 1889.   In fact your posy basket could be covered by this particular registration as several Greener registrations around this time were of components of patterns, not the whole design.

One further thought.   If anyone knows of an example in amber pearline, that would substantiate the Greener attribution, as amber pearline was only made by Greener and Molineaux & Webb to my knowledge, not by Davidson.

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Offline Tony H

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2005, 04:08:12 AM »
Here is a link to a photo of Greener Reg No 138051 14 November 1889

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Re: Pearline?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008, 05:26:36 PM »
Hi Sid, your original image has vanished. Do you still have a copy you can add back into here for ref please?


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