Nigel â€” When I first read your book, that piece on p50 elicited a huge "WOW! â€” BRILLIANT!". I had already thought that the most likely attribution of this rather mundane vase was a Continental glassworks via a factor like Lang, and hadn't considered the possibility of a British maker. Only two criticisms:
- You assumed that we all knew Jack L. Barnett Ltd. Was this firm an associate of Barnett & Foster, the big Bolton and London bottlemakers who relocated to Wellingborough, or quite a different company? Did they manufacture glass themselves?
- Your final few words after "thus". What you say may be true, but I would have preferred "thus escaping purchase tax."
Had you asked me before I read this topic, I would have replied that a Bagley attribution was impossible. Why on earth would a modern sophisticated and successful pressed glass department of a large bottle works produce such an old-fashioned design? I will be interested to see Angela's evidence.