... I don't know why, but I thought you worked at Sowerby's, not Davidsons...I don't know where I got that assumption from. ...
Understandable, Max, as Dodds
is possibly the third most frequently met surname in Cottle, after Sowerby
. It was Adam's grandfather who introduced Sowerby's Tynesyde
glass in the late '20s. His unique career spanned all three glassworks, Sowerby, Davidson and Jobling. Collectors particularly associate Adam with Davidson's Briar
(aka Topaz Cloud
... Andy McConnell told me an anecdote about Nazeing Glass collecting a whole lot of moulds from Sowerby - apparently they were transported back to Nazeing in a flat bed lorry. Tragically, the lorry tyres met a pothole whilst in transit, the lorry shuddered, the floor gave way and the whole load of moulds fell out onto the motorway ...
To misquote the Australian barmaid at the start of Crocodile Dundee
, that story gets better every time I hear it. The original, in Cottle, is probably too long to quote here without permission, but has a furniture lorry as its star player, no tyres, no potholes, no shuddering, and no motorways. I hope Andy McConnell's books are as much fun as his anecdotes, and that his publisher has left nice big margins for pencilled notes.
This is just one of the two lorry anecdotes. The other was related by Adam in an earlier GMB, sadly now lost, and involved Davidson collecting the last of the flint (non-Pyrex) moulds from Jobling in the early '60s.