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Offline Nemmie

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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2011, 02:49:50 PM »
No need to apologise Anik it just puzzled me. The explanation still doesn't make sense though as Harris only worked there for a short period of time and the items are made in Malta.

I wonder what nationality the Boffos or the other owners were. Perhaps glass from their periods should be placed in the section appropriate to their place of birth if the logic is followed through.

Still I am grateful for the explanation and will not scratch my head next time I see some Mdina in here.



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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2011, 03:01:37 PM »
The Boffos were Italian although they'd worked at whitefriars for a long time before going to Mdina. Ettore died before Harris left Malta and Vicente.... may have stayed at Mdina for a short while, (this information is proving very difficult to find out) before being forced to work for Malta Decorative Glass - a very short-lived company, set up by the Maltese government with Chinese backing. They had assumed that as MH could get a glass industry going with just one glassmaker and a few completely naieve apprentices, that anybody could.   :thud:

Harris may have only worked there for a short time - but the business has survived and still thrives using his original designs, (although there is no recognition given to him by the factory at all) and it was he who taught the apprentices there (before the Boffos arrived).
Said has owned it outright since '85, he is Maltese.
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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2011, 03:09:58 PM »
I think I should muddy the waters some more. >:D

I can see the logic of putting Mdina in this section while Michael Harris was involved but after he left in 1972 and Eric Dobson a few years later it is harder to justify, especially in terms of personnel, geographically, well :nogos:.

As long as there is somewhere to call home...... ;D

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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2011, 03:37:00 PM »
I tend to agree - thinking of it as British-ish until circa '75. After that, it's Maltese (unless it's Michael Harris' designs)
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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2011, 05:21:57 PM »
Malta was also part of the British Empire for 164 years 1800-1964.


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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2011, 05:27:44 PM »
But there were still tax advantages to British folk for setting up industries when Michael Harris went there in '68. Mintoff even let Eric Dobson stay on, after MH went, as his business accumen was still needed.
Nobody knows how long he did actually stay on. He has also been impossible to track down, nobody knows where he went or what he did after Mdina.
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Re: My first Mdina mushroom... :)
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2011, 12:51:46 PM »
My Mdina mushroom has now got a little birdie friend, in the same colourway.  ;D
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