Steven â€” Lovely!
Obviously the change of system at the beginning of 1884 rather left them rather puzzled as to what to do. I've only seen one other example, a registration lozenge with an early 1884 registration number punched into it, rather than the usual letters and numbers, but that was a long time ago, and I forgot to note the details.
And it's not in Thompson. There are many possible explanations, of which three are:-
- They failed to pay the invoice on time, so the registration was cancelled,
- It didn't get registered under Class III â€” Glass, but under another class,
- The records at Kew have gone walkabouts, not unknown.
And it doesn't work. 4632 is 2â€“7 April 1884. 30 April 1884 is between 5849 and 6481.
Could it be a patent?
And it looks much earlier, more or less the same range as comport 178045, registered 27 August 1864, see Thompson p44. Scanning down that page, there are two butter dish registrations with similar numbers, 186463 of 1 May 1865, and 247463 of 18 November 1870. Note that early Molineaux Webb patterns were sometimes registered several times, one for each major shape, before they got into the swing of things.
Perhaps it was a 19 years on remake of the 1865 pattern mould!