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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2005, 08:56:44 PM »
Bernard,

Bear with me, I'm just pulling it of the shelves to go through it again, and will give you a clearer response.
For me, and this is without a re- reading, as this book deals with utility glass, there is much stuff that may be familiar to many, without recognition that there was serious design input, and also that so much of it did not rest solely within national boundaries but was globally available.

I have found it invaluable.

I will give you a better and more accurate response with regard to British glass shortly.

Thanks and regards,

Marcus


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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2005, 09:04:59 AM »
Bernard,

As promised.

This is a useful source-book. The four essays are very informative, and are contributed by experts in their national glass history, (German, English, Czech and Finnish) and the period dealt with is predominantly post-war.

Jackson's essay " British Glass in Use During the 1950's extends to @ 15 pages, and is illustrated with posters for companies such as Chance, Davidson, Sherdley, Ravenhead, Has quite detailed sections on automatically blown glass, (and the distinction between Dema's one piece production and Ravenhead's two piece), Heat-resistant glass, Baxter and Stennett-Willson, lead crystal.

The book has @ 200+ illustrations, of which 180 are those items exhibited.
These include RY Goodens spiderweb service for Chance, Wliiamson's Doric for Sherdley. Certainly there are pieces, which only exist in museum collections (prototypes) and these are few and far between.

As noted previously, the international nature  of glass, and import/export trading means that many of the items originating from Czechoslovakia, Finland and Germany, are just as likely to appear in the UK. That being the case, simply as an identification manual, the book is worth having.

I hope you find this useful.

regards,

Marcus


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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2005, 09:48:31 AM »
and again the spectacular absence of the Belgians - it is as if they never existed!
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2005, 12:22:05 PM »
Marcus — thanks.   I have added it to my wants list.

Apologies for the delay in replying, I am camping with the family (Janet & Boris, the chocolate tabby) in the Isle of Purbeck.

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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2006, 03:52:14 PM »
Just out of interest, I bought this set of fruit bowls this morning which I believe were made by Sherdley Glass (UGB Ltd).  I now know that UGB made my amber hexagonal bowl reg.no.810280  (many thanks to Bernard, Glen, Marcus, Anne and Chris).  I would imagine that this also was sold under the Sherdley Glass banner.  (UGB doesn't have quite the same sales appeal).   I was a little curious to know what else they might have made, when I came across an eBay listing for a magazine advert for Sherdley Glass.  There it was, my fruit bowl set.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP.dll?ViewItem&item=7372120944

The advert is dated 1949 and its a little difficult to see the text, but it says "Sherdley glassware for export (United Glass Manufacturers Ltd).  It may well have Johnsen & Jorgensen Flint Glass Ltd - Distributors for Sherdley Glass also, but the text is too small to make out.  I have also recently seen an eBay auction (with no attribution) for what is I believe a small matching jug - probably for cream, and possibly intended to be used with the bowl set.

Small fruit bowls.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y195/glassie/sherdley.jpg

I'm not sure how old my set actually is.  It might well be that this design was made for many years and continued to be made when Sherdley became Ravenhead in 1964 - who knows?
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2006, 07:32:34 PM »
Oooohh interesting Anne. I have seen somewhere this noted as being a design made especially for Woolworth's stores. Let me see if I can find that ref again.

I have one of the small dessert bowls in the kitchen still.     http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-346
Another advert here as well, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7385431770 giving the pattern name as Nordic. :)

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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2006, 09:51:03 AM »
Hi Anne,

It is the Nordic pattern and is probably my favourite Sherdley design. It might not be original to Sherdley, as I'm sure I have seen this pattern in a European manufacturers catalogue. It was first produced either just. before or just after the war - I cannot remember which.

The advert is interesting as it says glassware for export. At this time Britain was desparate for foriegn currency and various regulations meant that most glassware (and pottery) was made for the overseas market. There was very little for the home market

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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2006, 10:24:55 AM »
Many thanks Anne and Chris :P

Its always good to find not just an attribution, but a design name also.  'Nordic' fits well - its pretty cool looking with its clear and frosted design.

Many thanks for your interesting comments Chris.

By the way, I haven't had chance to say how much I enjoy your new book.  I've just I.D'd another piece - a small Jacobean tumbler (reg.no.791409) :P
Anne E.B

 

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