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Author Topic: MCG English Crystal any one heard of them?  (Read 7807 times)

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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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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008, 08:26:34 PM »
1955 to ? (Dissolved 2005)

Factory 34a Pottery Lane, Holland Pk London W1
Sales 48 Kensington Sq
M.D.: H J Engell
Sales: D J Haynes

Listed 1963 as decorators manipulators.

1959 list a full range of domestic glassware and novelties, plus hotel ware.

Bernard can we have a picture of your piece please.

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Re: MCG - Metropolitan Crystal Glass Works Ltd
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2008, 08:34:19 PM »
Importers and converters so far as I know. Famous for the "Sir" suite of contemporary wine glasses. Very simple cylindrical bowls on stems, bowls simply cut with vertical lines.
I think 2005 is probably correct.
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