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Offline neilh

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New website on Molineaux & Webb
« on: January 19, 2009, 04:42:46 PM »
Hi there,

I've finally completed my website on the Ancoats glass firm Molineaux & Webb.  The site is an extension of a family history presentation I gave to my folks last year and is a mix of the history of the business and the people behind it.  Hope you find something of interest.


http://sites.google.com/site/molwebbhistory/Home


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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 08:25:11 PM »
Well done, thank you for the link  :clap: :clap:


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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 01:09:34 AM »
Fascinating, thank you for posting the link, this will fill a gap in glass knowledge. By the way, I love the castle posy in the gallery. :)


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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 10:23:28 AM »
Thank you, Neil - have added it to my favourites  :chky:
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 06:54:25 PM »
Always gratifying to see new research threads :clap:
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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 05:35:14 AM »
Neil — Congratulations.   Fascinating material.

I would be grateful if you would take a look at topic Manchester? c.1875 Anvil Inkstand.

Have you seen this inkstand in the M&W pattern book?   Are you aware of any parallels in the Manchester glass industry to the sophisticated optical illusion inherent in this design?

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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 09:01:49 AM »
Hi Bernard,

Firstly thanks to everyone who has posted encouraging comments about the website. Bernard, I haven't seen the Molineaux & Webb pattern book, except for the pages printed out in the Manchester Art Gallery Ancoats exhibition. I live some distance from Manchester these days and haven't had time to view it. Someone is sending me a later pattern book containing Molineaux & Webb pieces shortly, but I haven't heard any indication of such a piece. By the way I certainly don't claim to be an expert in identifying glass... I am keeping an eye out for Molineaux & Webb pieces as they pop up on eBay to build a list of what the factory produced.

Since I launched the website, Dave Peterson (Vaseline Glass) has sent me details of a speciality glass piece. It looks like a bit like a hip flask, in cut uranium glass, with a metal screw top. It has "Thomas George Webb" printed on the front, and it could be a one-off piece for the man who ran Molineaux & Webb from the 1860s to 1887, maybe a retirement gift. Or perhaps it's just a coincidence that it bears the name Thomas George Webb - we're not sure of the history of the item at the moment.

For those interested in the history of Manchester glass, I noticed the other day on the Rootsweb board that somebody is researching both the Derbyshires and the Walton family, who had various glass interests in the locality. According to this researcher, one of the Waltons was amongst a group of British glassmakers who "went at the request of the Japanese government to help Japan establish its first Western-style glassworks" in the 1870s - the researcher is looking to put together a book about it.

Neil


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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2009, 10:16:13 AM »
Neil,

I know someone who is researching the Walton family (Sally Haden) - Thomas Walton was involved in setting up the Japanese sheet glass factory in Shinagawa and Sally's gt.Grandfather was James Speed, who was another instrumental in assisting the Japanese.

See Research into Japanese pressed glass industry, c.1870-1900

My own interest is due to a possible link with Chance Brothers - I feel its expertise would have been drawn on at some time - but I know Sally would be interested if you can help her. She is on the cusp of starting a degree at Hull University, with links to this subject matter.

Please email me if you want her address and I'll put you in touch. Just click the envelope icon in the left panel.
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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2009, 11:17:53 AM »
Hi David,

Yes - Sally was the person I was referring to. I saw she made a series of posts on the Manchester Rootsweb board last year. From what I could see, she was looking at the Waltons, ran into the Derbyshires, followed their Hulme factory back to William Robinson who gets a couple of mentions on my website. I have tried emailing Sally on her google address but no reply yet - I'll email you separately in case you've got a different address for her.


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Re: New website on Molineaux & Webb
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2009, 09:20:58 PM »
so di I,  Anne -loved to know who was a certain kevin?
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