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This pattern is one of the half dozen or so best known Walsh traditional cut patterns, known in clear crystal and in the full range of harlequin colours, see Reynolds pl.23. It is known to me marked WALSH / ENGLAND (WE), MADE IN / Tudor / ENGLAND (TE), and unmarked (u). The examples illustrated above are marked WE, WE, u (with a 1950â€“74 Birmingham hallmark on the collar), WE. It comprises two or three interlocking rows of diamonds with long vertical cuts either rising from the upper points or falling from the lower points. Decanters are flake cut on the shoulders.
The pattern is shown as a decanter in the A pattern book at A5227, just four short of the classic Waterlily & Iris pattern at A5231â€“2 (Reynolds fig.307), which must date to the very early 1930s. Unfortunately that's the only example I've found in the pattern books so far. This is not surprising as many patterns appear only once and must have been specified as blank X cut to pattern Y, as, without this system, the pattern books would have become unmanageable.
The pattern seems to be a major upgrade of the simpler diamond cut shown at A5170 (fig.304). I believe it also shows the increasing influence of their in-house designer, Clyne Farquharson, who had joined Walsh in 1924, in providing designs that would compete more effectively in a rapidly changing market. This is some two or three years before the launch of Clyne Farquharson's signature ranges in 1933. The pattern had considerable success as it survived Walsh's closure twenty years later in 1951 and travelled with the cutting team to Tudor Crystal.
Any comments? Have you found any other examples of this pattern in the pattern books shown in Reynolds? Have you seen any other examples? Do you know either Walsh's or Tudor's name for the pattern?
Thanks for your interest,