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Re: Davidson 'Ripple' vase - did it have a frog or not?
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2010, 07:59:57 PM »
 :hi: Sorry Paul, no further wheels I'd know of  :thud:

beautiful colour too BTW  :sm:

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Re: Davidson 'Ripple' vase - did it have a frog or not?
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2010, 06:01:18 PM »
Widening this a little (sorry, mods) to cover the whole question of frogs (a word I never heard in the industry by the way)/blocks/holders and plinths.  I can't speak for Davidsons, where I had hardly anything to do with domestic sales (apart from teaching the sales manager to drive!) but I don't expect they were much different in this respect to Sowerbys.  Here I had a lot to do with sales and, regardless of what appeared in the catalogues and price lists, any customer could order exactly what he wanted, i.e. with or without the bits and pieces or even the bits and pieces themselves if he fancied marrying them with someone else's product.

So anyone without a frog or whatever can rest assured that the vase or bowl may very well be in exactly the condition in which it left thefactory.

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Re: Davidson 'Ripple' vase - did it have a frog or not?
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2010, 07:46:39 PM »
That's what I keep telling them; the customer could have whatever he wanted.

Is this one Sowerby please Adam? http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,26104.0.html


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Re: Davidson 'Ripple' vase - did it have a frog or not?
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2010, 02:41:47 PM »
Christine - Sorry - been away.  Also sorry your bowl/vase is nothing like I ever saw at Sowerbys (or Davidsons).

Just to add a little to what I said re sets of vase/frog/plinth etc.  People nowadays may imagine such sets to be packed together in pretty (or even plain) cartons.  No way.  At Sowerbys, at least until 1957, every article (not set) was individually wrapped in colour-coded (i.e. amber, green, white etc) tissue after washing and was warehoused and packed like that.  Packing was with straw in large returnable wooden barrels (honestly!) or for small orders in tea chests or if the customer had complained that barrels would not pass through his shop door!  Individual parts of "sets" might be anywhere in the container.

Tea chests were non-returnable but barrels were individually marked.  On return, waste straw was removed (by our two coopers - maintenance of the barrels) and any glass, usually in the bottom layer, was recorded to await the inevitable complaint of shortages.

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