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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2005, 07:59:06 PM »
That's my bowl, Max. Thank you very much indeed  :lol: I have wondered for years who made it. Amazing discovery. Thanks again.  


In answer to your question, Max:
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I'm not quite sure why Mr Nicholas Dolan should be interested in lighthouses...


Nick used to be the Curator of the Shipley Museum in Gateshead (where there is some wonderful local glass). He now works for the National Trust as Property Manager, with a particular interest (I believe) in lighthouses.

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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2005, 09:08:56 AM »
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here's the Dolphin handled bowl for Glen:

http://tinypic.com/dc3cl3.jpg

Erm..... That looks very like my 'Brockwitz' Dolphin handled bowl  :shock:  http://tinypic.com/dcr38n.jpg  Did I turn over two pages at once?  :?

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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2005, 09:21:44 AM »
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Nick used to be the Curator of the Shipley Museum in Gateshead (where there is some wonderful local glass). He now works for the National Trust as Property Manager, with a particular interest (I believe) in lighthouses


Ah, I see, thanks for explaining Glen.   :)   Thanks for your thanks too - it gave me a rosy glow all day!   :D

Leni...your bowl does look similar, perhaps the shape was plagiarised?  It'd be good to have a better photo than the one supplied in the Glass Circle News to compare with.   :?
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2005, 12:46:48 PM »
Yikes - it COULD be the Brockwitz one now I study it more. It's a hard image to focus on. I have both the Brockwitz one and the weird one that I have never been able to name/attribute. They are similar in many ways - but not that similar.

I will study the image above more closely - I need some help with viewing it first (like my glasses  :shock: )

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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2005, 03:51:33 PM »
Dear, oh dear, oh dear. I can't even recognise examples of glass by my favourite manufacturer now! I have no excuse - OK so it was late, I had had a glass of wine, not wearing my specs and I guess (Freudian bit here) maybe I wanted it to be Century.  :lol: But there is no doubt about it, the bowl in the extract that Max has showed us is exactly what Leni says (thank you Leni). It's the Brockwitz bowl. I'm embarassed that I didn't spot it right away. I think the words. What a plonker Glen, are totally relevant here. Thanks again Leni.

So, I got Steve to take some pics of the mystery bowl and also our pink Brockwitz bowl (which is a blushing twin to Leni's bowl). Here they are for comparison.


http://tinypic.com/dczfjl.jpg
Unknown bowl

http://tinypic.com/dczgww.jpg
handle of unknown bowl

http://tinypic.com/dczh9u.jpg
Brockwitz bowl

http://tinypic.com/dczh2w.jpg
handle of Brockwitz bowl

As you can see, my mystery bowl is not the one in the Century catalogue.

But of course, that actually gives us more to ponder. It would appear that they were wholesaling Brockwitz glass. So how much of the glass that is shown in their catalogue was actually made by them?

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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2005, 03:54:42 PM »
Hi folks,

Following on from the references to lighhouses, some people may be interested to see: http://www.uklighthouse.info which has some info about lighthouse lenses made by the Lighthouse Works, Chance Brothers, Smethwick.

I originally learned of the lighthouse glass connection to the Chance Brothers works after seeing a letter linked to the subject by Alan Taylor, creator of the lighthouse website, in issue 67 (Spring 2004) of The Glass Cone (newsletter of the Glass Association).

[In 2003/ 2004, I had attended an auction in South Wales, in order to buy a very interesting and likely Vasart paperweight. While I was there I visited a nature reserve with a lighthouse in situ and, as I do every so often, I hatched a crazy plan. I intended to start a project of photographing as many UK lighthouses as I could - just for the fun of it  :!:  :!:  But my bird-watching interest eventually displaced that idea since it provided me with plenty of fresh air and exercise without having to travel quite so far or to get caught out by dangerous tides, cliffs and so forth.]
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2005, 06:12:56 PM »
Kev, I remember someone on a Home Education list a few years ago saying that they had written to whoever controls lighthouses and asked for some pics for a project and had been sent a dossier of photos of every lighthouse in the country (for free!). Seems like someone already did this for you! ;)


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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2005, 08:41:26 PM »
Max - I've finally caught up with you on this thread and I am speechless! :lol:   What an amazing piece of detective work! 8)   Thank you so much for the time it must have taken you in researching and producing the information.  I'm delighted that I can now put a name to the piece due to your hard work!  The piece is sat on the floor next to me as I write this.  It really is quite impressive - but looks at odds with the rest of my glass collection unfortunately, so it will be carefully packed away until I decide what to do with it, (but I won't be serving rice from the plinth Frank :lol: :wink: )  

Many thanks too to Frank for the additional illustrations :P .  I think I have the no.350 lemon squeezer.

With kind regards - Anne E.B. :D
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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2005, 09:16:36 PM »
Can you post a shot of the lemon squeezer?
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2005, 07:45:27 AM »
In amongst my ramblings above (where I certainly confused myself and no doubt everyone else....quiet a feat) I wrote:
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It would appear that they were wholesaling Brockwitz glass. So how much of the glass that is shown in their catalogue was actually made by them?

The fishy handled bowl made by Brockwitz was also being advertised in the UK by Jules Lang and Co.

Max, did the article state that Century was actually an operational glass works? Did they have any evidence of actual production? Frank - do you know any more about Century?

I googled a bit to see if I could find any record of glass production in Edmonton, but all that I could come up with was electrical engineering and the production of black crepe for funerals (I don't think the latter was connected with the electrical engineering  :shock: )

(As an aside, can I say thanks again to Max for all the work in transcribing etc., and also thanks to Leni for waking me up  :? )

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