I have just added a comment on that thread, since these two have now been linked..........incorrectly, IMHO
Sorry Bernard. ...
Nigel β please never apologise for attempting to correct a possible error. It's one of the main reasons for the GMB, and is always welcome.
I worked it out as follows. A vase and a paperweight, identical apart from the sticky out vase bit, obviously to me made by the same individual glassmaker, possibly even on the same day, were almost certainly going to be called by and marketed under the same name. I then checked David Encill's site here
. David has an excellent reputation for accuracy, so, when I saw that he had listed "Vases, bowls, dishes, ashtrays and paperweights
" under the heading Flair Range
, it was nice to have confirmation. Unfortunately David doesn't cite sources on that web page.
Isn't it quite a recent phenomenon for non-millefiori paperweights to be separated off into the special category Paperweights, with specialist dealers, books, websites, and dedicated collectors? Back in the 1960s would Webb have regarded such paperweights as sufficiently different from vases, bowls, dishes and ashtrays to require a different range name?
I appreciate your point about the origin of the name Flair
, but we all know of examples of a trading name being extended in new and possibly inappropriate directions once the name became established. Hotpoint refrigerators is just one example that immediately springs to mind.
Do you have any evidence?
Keith β Thanks for the information about the mark. Useful.