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Offline Bernard C

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« on: March 18, 2006, 11:19:06 AM »
I have just bought a souvenir plate of the 1938 Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, which, at first, I thought was the same as the TOWER OF EMPIRE example illustrated in Dodsworth BGbtW, p72.

It is not the same.   The wording around the edge is the same, but the centre is different, showing a building with a much smaller tower, captioned SCOTTISH PAVILION.

Is that it — just the two, or are there more?   Were they sold as sets in appropriate packaging?

The exhibition organisers were certainly fans of Deco towers.   Did every building on the site have a Deco tower?

See also topic Decorated glassware

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2006, 11:46:16 AM »
I've got bits from 1880, 1888 and 1938. The latter a small 5" diameter Sxottish Pavillion dish. What size is yours?
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2006, 11:57:05 AM »
Frank — 5", mould-stippled rim, same as yours.    The 1888 plate is illustrated in Notley, the 1880 one is news to me.

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2006, 01:17:50 PM »
Mistype, 1890. It is an etched beaker for the Edinburgh ex.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2006, 01:18:31 PM »
How comes you are not selling the 1938 one?
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2006, 03:38:49 PM »
Frank — I am selling it.   Where did I say that I am not?

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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2006, 03:42:44 PM »
Err, I think you said you would let me know when...
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2006, 02:08:07 AM »
I haven't sold my earlier souvenir yet, in fact I had completely forgotten it.   I found a box that fitted it nicely, put it in the box, put it on a shelf, and just forgot it!

You will be the first to know.


Frank — Update, after Janet put me straight.   The piece I put in a box and forgot was the Blackpool Tower teapot stand.   I sold my American lacy/opalescent 1938 exhibition souvenir on eBay, and I think you bid on it!

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2006, 01:20:37 AM »
Hi

Bernard I have had the 'Tower of Empire' plate a few times



Opalescent and comes in a few different sizes - bad photo above of a large one I sold on eBay years ago.

I would love to see a pic of the 'Scottish Pavilion' plate - same style as above I assume.

'Tower of Empire' is most common; I know companies did other glass plates with different lettering and scenes, e.g. 'Garden Club' so I thought

All of the beakers and cups I have, Dominions Avenue, Garden Club, Scottish Pavilion, North Cascade, etc. show different pictures - perhaps the plates all show the tower but just change the wording.

I collect most Scottish Exhibition glass (also postcards, ceramics, booklets, coins) - mostly 1901, 1911 and 1938

As a Glaswegian it is my heritage and some pieces were passed down to me.

The rarest items show the Tower looming over local villages, they are harder to get and I have great conversations with a real collector about all the firms that made the items, many were not Scottish.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2006, 01:48:26 AM »
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The wording around the edge is the same, but the centre is different, showing a building with a much smaller tower


It just occurred to me that the Scottish Pavilion pieces I have show the Pavilion with the Tower in the background - it is similar to the 'Tower of Empire' but the tower is smaller as it is further away ref perspective.

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