Sorry! Yes, of course it's unlikely that William Walker was involved at Mdina! What I meant to say was that we don't know who overlapped with whom at IoWSG and who might have taught whom to make swans, etc. (I posted in haste (post haste! LOL!
) as members of my family were just arriving for the weekend as I was posting - that's my excuse for the errors and spelling mistooks as well
) Thanks for the link and suggestions on tracking down William Walker
No John, there's no indication that this swan actually had anything to do with Mdina, it's only that the seller said they assumed it was because they had originally acquired it with another piece which was marked Mdina.
As for who made WF swans, Frank Hill made some of the earliest swans and I believe Johnnie King made some of the latest ones. In between various others made them, although I'm not sure exactly who and when. (I was once told by Ray Annenberg that although different chairs each had different jobs to do, if something was needed urgently to fulfil an order everyone needed to be able to turn their hand to anything! Does anyone know how much that was likely to happen?)