many thanks for your informative reply
I was a little remiss in not including Marinka's original reply - together with her link to her collection of hand vases - as this might have been of help. See here... http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,17677.msg102551.html#msg102551
I did look through Thompson, and was aware of the Derbyshire design on page 41, which you mention - but the differences between mine and the illustration are significantly different (I thought) for me to conclude they were separate designs entirely. Must admit I hadn't looked at Neil's site.
On mine there are no bullrushes - and instead there is an acorn and several oak leaves, although there are some rather long leaves which I guess could be interpreted as bullrush leaves.
Additionally, as you mention, the cuff decoration is completely different.
In the original post, in 2007 from Sue C, her pair of vases were the acorn sort like mine, and I can't imagine that Marinka didn't spot this when confirming Sue's pair as Derbyshire, first registered 1874. You will see that Marinka comments that (at that date) she hadn't been lucky enough to find one of the acorn sort.
I did trawl my books, but was unable to find an example of this acorn type, so regret that my only knowledge of the fact that this one was attributed to Derbyshire, has come from Marinka's article in 2007.
Of course, much may have changed in the intervening period and there may well be lots more information on these hand vases with acorns.
I've now looked at the Derbyshire clear example on Neil's site - just a plain hand - but with cuff decoration very similar to mine. Lets' see what Neil has to say, and thanks again. I just wish the Victorians hadn't been so obsessed with hands