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Offline Andy

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MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:06:20 PM »
Nothing special, its just bugging me , a box of 6 sherry glasses sitting in my cupboard
for years, just found a sticker in the bottom of the box, it reads
MCG English Handcut. and it looks like St Pauls cathedral on sticker, ive just googled , checked
a few web sites, cant find any thing :huh:
Any one heard of them? (box isnt that old, maybe 60s or later)
Cheers
Andy
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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008, 08:50:12 AM »
Probably a decorating company.

One candidate could be Metropolitan Crystal Glass Works Ltd. Est 1955.
Factory 34a Potters Lane, Holland Park, London W11
Offices 45 Kensington Garden Sq, W2
Director H J Engell, sales D J Haynes

Boxed Glassware for presentations, Carafes, Celeries, Cocktail Sets, Decanters, Tableware etc.
data 1961 PG
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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2008, 09:34:52 AM »
Hi,
The Metropolitan Crystal Glassworks Ltd was only wound-up in 2005, and there is a possible contact given on the Companies House Dissolved Register, and MCG is shown as dormant.
It might be worth asking the contact for further information?
Regards,
Marcus


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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2008, 10:45:57 AM »
Nothing special...


Well, debateable. As virtually nothing known I would suggest hunting out and putting together more examples. Failing contact with anyone involved, the way to determine that it was an decorator is to ID the blanks. Quite possibly English or French or Czech. Often foreign blanks would be labelled as English even though only decorated. Company papers might reveal more personnel with an address - allowing relatives to be located. The wind up date can be many years, as much as ten years, after a company ceased business - particularly when it ran out of money and fizzled away with no-one to pay for the wind-up.

possibly related http://www.thefind.com/homefurnishings/info-Metropolitan-Crystal-Sconce

The online record lists them as "Wholesale of china, wallpaper etc." so probably gave up the factory at some time. The contact it gives is Dornberger Ltd who are wholesalers too might now be Chamotte Dornberger http://www.chomette.co.uk/
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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2008, 11:14:59 AM »
I found a listing from a 2006 auction in a Perth saleroom for some MCG glasses too yesterday whilst looking for info for Andy. Don't know if that's any help? (Link here = PDF file version of the catalogue: http://www.perthshireauctionrooms.com/Catalogues/94Catalogue.pdf - lot no 152, but no images.)


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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2008, 01:28:25 PM »
Thanks everyone,  ;D
it looks as if Metropolitan Crystal ,London is most likely, theres 4 patterns on replacements.com,
i cant see my pattern, but names like English, Tudor, and Regent, and factory/office in Kensington
and Holland Park, sounds very posh!
I think the Metropolitan lighting is in the USA, so not connected.

I will have another little dig around
Regards
Andy


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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2008, 07:33:19 PM »
I found a 1956 directory entry that confirms they were decorators.
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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 04:13:48 PM »
Thanks Frank :D
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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008, 02:06:05 PM »
Sorry to come to this thread almost a year late, but I have just found it while searching the internet for information about MCG and I thought this information might usefully be added.

Firstly, I apologise for the quality of the photographs, as I didn't want to take everything out of the display cabinet where they live.  I also apologise for my lack of precision with regard to dates. 

During the 1970's, '80's and '90's my husband and I were blood donors and plasma and platelets donors. Obviously he donated more than me because I was having children during those years, but we both achieved enough donations to be awarded not just the standard Wedgwood plate for 100 donations but the crystal paperweights for 250 donations.  Indeed, my husband went on donating and was awarded a cut glass goblet for 500 donations.  I do not know who made or engraved the paperweights, but I assume them to be the same as the goblet, which bears on its foot a clear plastic label saying 'MCG English Handcut'. 

At some time during the 1990's the 'National Blood Transfusion Service' as it was then known, became the 'National Blood Service' and the logo was changed. This whole reorganisation was very controversial, particularly as 'private sector consultants' were involved in the changes.  Many plasma and platelets donors were 'laid off'.  In addition, cut-backs meant that by the time my DH reached a total of 750 donations the award was reduced to just a small cut glass tumbler.  These were now made and engraved by Edinburgh Crystal.

I don't remember the exact dates, but I thought it might be useful for people to see the pictures, including the MCG label.
 
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/albums/userpics/10048/MCG_Goblet_and_paperweights.jpg
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/albums/userpics/10048/MCG_label_on_goblet_foot.jpg
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/albums/userpics/10048/Edinburgh_Crystal_tumbler.jpg 

I hope this is of some interest to members.
Leni


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Re: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2008, 03:12:51 PM »
Leni,
of great interest to me in particular, i suffer from Haemophilia, and have been having Plasma and
Blood products for all of my 48 years!
So, a great big Thankyou to you and your Husband for your wonderful contributions,
 :hug:

Maybe its from you i got my interest and love of glass  ;D

Thanks !   :fwr:   :fwr:  :fwr:

Cheers,
Andy
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