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Offline Sue C

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Pilkington Bros glass samples
« on: January 09, 2009, 11:17:20 AM »
I recently aquired a box of old Pilkington Bros glass samples, i want to make them avilable to the GMB for referance and research, the problem i have is how to display them, ie: number sequence, colour sequence? how many in a group?
Also would there be any legal aspects i should consider?


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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009, 11:46:33 AM »
No legal aspects to worry about. Plenty of technical ones.

Best approach would be to put them on a scanner and scan in both reflected and transmitted light.

But first calibrate your screen, scanner and software as the distortions introduced if you don't will not be good.

Calibration involves first getting a colour profile for your monitor, windows default is not good enough. You can get this from the monitor makers web-site. Then use any calibration tools provided. (Pro equipment would use fancy hardware but the tools you can find for visual calibration are good enough.)

Calibrate the scanner as described in the manual, if your scanner does not come with a calibration image, these can be bought from graphics suppliers.

Make sure scanner and graphics software use the same colour profile and scan within the graphics program rather than the scanner standalone tools. Save the results as Tiff or psd, for web uploading create jpeg's and png's from them and compare each against the tiff to decide which is the closest match to the Tiff.
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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009, 03:31:57 PM »
Thanks Frank, if i could understand any of that i am sure it would be the best way to go about it, but as a complete duffer with computers it will have to be photographs.
There are over 70 samples, so maybe a page in the gallery entitled Pilkington Tint's? what do you think Anne?
P.S thes doesn't seem to be any names for the colours just numbers, i wonder if Pilkingtons have a colour list and would it be worthwhile contacting them?


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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009, 05:12:36 PM »
Hi Sue, yes I can create you a public album for them in the reference bit if you'd like?  They are fascinating for sure and will be a great addition to our reference resources.  Re Pilkington's - it's worth asking if they have a list, the worst they can do is say no. ;)


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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009, 05:59:04 PM »
I'd be quite happy to do them for you, but it would take a while... at least, until we get set-up in the new house.

These would be 'the list' and I doubt they still make cathedral glass.
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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2009, 06:27:43 PM »
Sue, I have a web site started, which is intended to research the industrial output of Chance & Pilkington - very much work in progress! I already have access to four boxes of samples, all of which contain different samples, clear and coloured but these might have different labels. A really great find!

www.chance-pilkington.co.uk

The output from both companies were mirrored, particularly after 1953, so many of the trade names were duplicated, although there will be differences in the glass manufacture.

Frank's suggestion to try scanning them is a good one - I have had good success with this, although a little tweak in image editing software should be all that's required. I can always help here, if required.

EDIT - Anne: perhaps one for industrial glass?
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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2009, 08:00:38 PM »
Thanks all, my lovely Tony has read Franks reply and said he would do it for me, as soon as he gets round to it i will let Anne know.

P.S this is what the seller knew about them.
This sample set was supplied by a representative of Pilkington Bros. to my Great Uncle who was a pumber and glazier in the early 1900s. Each piece bears a small sticker with the words: 'St. Helens, Rolled Cathedral' and has a Tint number. This has been in my family for many years.


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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009, 06:27:13 PM »
Thanks to Tony's super scanning skills (how's that for alliteration!) and with Sue's permission, her Pilks glass samples are now in the GlassGallery here:
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/thumbnails.php?album=724 8)


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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2009, 07:37:23 PM »
Cathedral, of course being used primarily for stained glass windows  :hiclp: :hiclp:  :)


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Re: Pilkington Bros glass samples
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2009, 04:02:00 PM »
Cathedral, of course being used primarily for stained glass windows  :hiclp: :hiclp:  :)

Ah, so those colours weren't just for tiling my grandparents' kitchen in Seddon St, St Helens, then?  :)

 

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