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flying free:
they didn't say friggers Frank. They said 'fancy goods'.  Could 'fancy glass' be their way of differentiating small items from plate glass/window glass, rather than making an assumption it means friggers?  I'm interested in the coloured glass bit. 
There is an article here 
from the Nailsea Local History people, but again this might be just 'perpetuating myth', it mentions coloured glass and end of shift glass being made

quote ' Established on the open heath against the Nailsea / Wraxall border, John Robert Lucas initially built two cones – one for bottle making, the other for the production of window glass for the so-called Industrial Revolution. His works was to prosper under several partnerships, and by the mid nineteenth century had become the fourth largest glassworks in Britain covering some six acres between the Royal Oak Public House and Nailsea Park. Crown, cylinder and plate glass were produced, along with a limited amount of coloured. However, it was the “end of shift” domestic ware and novelty pieces made by the skilled and apprentice blowers that have accorded Nailsea glass its international recognition.



--- Quote ---John Eyres (boy clerk in the 1860s) wrote in 1911

Following the collapse {1862} of the furnace Eyres records that “it was several years before the ‘Old’ house was again at work.” Subsequently “a little side furnace was built for one or two men to make fancy goods, such as propagators, cucumber glasses, rolling pins and glass shades.”
--- End quote ---

That is clear, I guess production items. First two for local farms/gardeners, then souvenir shops and lighting companies?

Hi Frank,

There's a pattern sheet of cut window glass , on page 25 of The Nailsea Glassworks by Margaret Thomas . Is this the pattern sheet they are talking about I wonder or is it something else ?

Here is some more talk about a pattern sheet , but after the book was written (is it the same one ?). Scroll down halfway , under the heading of Nailsea Glassworks  .

Ta, Mike.

flying free:
Interesting in terms of colours - it discusses the use of ruby, blue orange (sic)?? and white obscured glass


Yes, the pattern sheet talked about in the link (above) is from the 1870's and the one in the book is 1860's with a different company name .


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