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Author Topic: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean or Balmoral.  (Read 2924 times)

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Offline Glen

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Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2005, 12:53:02 PM »
Apologies for my late contribution - been away at a Glass Convention.

Your vase is not Jacobean, Peter. Nor is it Balmoral. (I do not recognise it but I will see if I can trace it).

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2008, 06:54:22 AM »
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4)  It was only after first using this Board that I heard of the existence of a factory called Inwald.  I have previously mentioned (although no one seemed to follow it up) that there was a J K Inwald working at Davidsons in the 1950s.  I knew "JK" well, although he had left the firm shortly before I joined.  JK was certainly of mid-European origin (accent) and I am almost certain that I heard something about him being responsible for introducing Jacobean toughened tumblers to Davidsons.  These were made throughout my time there, i.e. long after JK left.  I think he later worked for British Gas.  I haven't a clue what significance this might have to the current discussion.

Hi Adam,

Please could you elaborate further on JK Inwald? Anything you can remember is now of significance both to this topic, and a research paper I am currently working on, as well as the book on Sklo Union.

With the benefit of research by Anne Nichols, it can be confirmed that JK Inwald retired as a gas company executive.

Thanks in advance,

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Marcus

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2008, 10:28:02 AM »
Hi All,

J K Inwald was employed By Davidson in early 1940 specifically for his knowledge of making toughed tumblers.

(Source : Davidson company minute book)

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008, 10:34:54 AM »
Hi Chris,
Please do you have a date for that minute, please?
TIA,
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Marcus

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2008, 10:57:22 AM »
Hi Marcus,

Could take me a little while - I haven't sorted out my Davidson notes since we redecorated. It is in one of 27 file boxes!!

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2008, 02:37:57 PM »
30th January 1940

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2008, 03:14:49 PM »
Thanks, Chris.
Once I have this all sorted will fill you in with further information.
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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean NOR Balmoral.
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2008, 08:21:24 PM »
Marcus - I've just returned from holiday and by sheer luck have found your query re Inwald.  I cannot add much, but give me a day or so to recover (from hols, not your post!) and I'll do my best.

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Re: Bright Green Vase: NOT Jacobean or Balmoral.
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2008, 10:35:15 AM »
Marcus - In the 1950s the north east glass industry was quite close-knit, largely due to the North East Section of the Society of Glass Technology.  Many of us as individuals and almost all of the companies were members and the regular meetings were well attended.  That is how I first met JK Inwald, probably in 1950, when I was at Sowerbys.  All I knew about him then was that he was one of the senior Davidson people who turned up at meetings.  He was a memorable figure, very affable, tall and thin and spoke loudly in what I always assumed to be a mid- European accent.  This was always out of the side of his mouth; whether  this was a very strong mannerism or whether it was due to some facial scarring I don't know.  One local humourist suggested that he had a duelling scar but I am sure that wasn't true! 

I left Sowerbys in 1956.  A year or two before that, Inwald began visiting us as the technical representative (exact title not known) of British Gas, so clearly by then he was no longer with Davidson.  As an aside, both Sowerbys and Davidson were huge users of town's gas (aka coal gas - this was years before the advent of North Sea gas, aka natural gas) - I would guess that we were each in the top few of British Gas's customers in the North East.  At Sowerbys, for example, we had two mains feeds, each, I think, 6" in diameter.  We certainly earned technical support!

I moved to Davidsons in 1956.  All I picked up there in casual conversation re Inwald was that he was usually referred to as "JK", or "Jaykee".  If he visited there as BG representative I never saw him, although I would not necessarily have done so.  Relations with Davidson may perhaps have been strained - I do not know the circumstances in which he left.

I'm afraid, Marcus, that is all I can recall.  However, if any specific questions occur to you please ask, they might jog my memory.

Adam D.

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