Chance Expressions: The History of Domestic Glassware for Chance Brothers.
Author: David P. Encill
Publisher: Cortex Design
Foreword by Charles Hajdamach
I waited with anticipation for a book, which I believed, which was full of well researched details, lots of photos and all of great quality.
Well, after a short delay, no fault of the author I might add, the book arrived.
Well worth the wait!
7 chapters of sheer reading pleasure, with information covering, amongst other things:
A short history of the Chance Brothers.
Chapter 2: Pressed glass from 1929-1953.
Chapter 3 moves on smoothly to cover, and cross-reference, Fiestaware slumped glass. There is also a very easy to use “scarcity indicator,” which is incredibly handy and simplistic in its form. Even I can work out use it!
Chapter 4 covers the Fiestaware patterns from 1950-1981. Discover the pattern of the piece you have, or wish to buy, at a glance; a great, no-nonsense reference chapter.
Of course, the renowned handkerchief & posy vases, 1956-1981, have a chapter (6) dedicated just to them.
The book is made of high quality paper and packed with fantastic photographs in every chapter, which enable the reader to easily identify their piece, or prospective purchase. There are detailed accounts and information for each item, giving dates of manufacture, etc.
This is definitely not a book just aimed at the collectors of the now ubiquitous “handkerchief” vases. This is a great reference facility that will be of assistance to a large spectrum of collectors and sellers alike.
I take my hat off to you, David! A truly fabulous book, which I highly recommend.
Well done, David.