... I would however like to be your shadow for a week Bernard ...
Adam β I can assure you that you would not enjoy it at all. You would be bored out of your mind. I am the most indecisive buyer ever. Janet just walks away and leaves me to it.
... 'The Mitchell Library' in Glasgow ... have a large glass section including old factory catalogues and glass fair/exhibition booklets. ...
We would all be grateful for a list of what they have in their collection, together with details of how to access it. Primary sources like these are rare and can sometimes provide the key to attributing a whole range of glass. Often such a key is not at all obvious, but to the right person with the right experience it is.
Oh, and thanks for your kind comments about my two recent Walsh purchases. I wish more felt the same about this beautiful glass.
... "rose bowl" β American collector terminology for a fully cupped frilly-rimmed bowl.
... "Walsh mother-of-pearl" β a very specific style of iridised cased glass made by Walsh, quite distinct from the American collector terminology for air trap, "mother-of-pearl", often abbreviated to "MOP", which is a genericisation of one American glassworks' original trade name for air trap.
Apologies for using these terms without explanation.