A mould-blown hemispherical bowl of cranberry opalescent glass, the rim of the bowl being crimped into 32 small folds. The bowl exterior has an applied clear opalescent trail pincered into five stub feet. The underside of the bowl has a polished pontil mark engraved ‘Rd. No. 9807’. 4 1/8 inches (10.2cm) high by 4 3/4 inches (12.1cm) top rim diameter.
Registered design number 9807 was registered on 15 July 1884 Alfred and James Davies, [Amblecote, Stourbridge]. The design was for pattern and shape.
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James & Alfred Davies were cousins, and they took over the Parkfield Glassworks (on the south side of King William Street, Amblecote) some time before 1881. The firm traded as Alfred and James Davies, Dennis Park Amblecote. James died in 1895, and the firm continued to trade as A. and J. Davies. Alfred died in 1910. The business was taken over by his second son, Alfred Edward Davies, and eventually closed in about 1932. The cone at the site has long since gone, but the main façade facing King Street still stands as Faraday House.
I can only find five registrations for their designs:
RD 4242 27 March 1884
RD 9805-8 15 July 1884
Without the Rd. No., this would simply have been another unattributed ‘Stourbridge’ piece, or wrongly attributed to Webb, Stevens & Williams, etc.
Does anyone have photos of other Alfred and James Davies registered pieces to share?