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Offline glvr

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Whitefriars bubble weights
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:57:06 PM »
Completely new to this, I'm wondering how to identify genuine Whitefriar items.

I've seen some which have a large bubble as well as the smaller ones - and I think they're genuine.

But I've also seen some which don't appear to have the large bubble - and I'm wondering if they'r enot Whitefriars.


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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 11:29:16 PM »
as far as i know it's only the ruby red ones that dont have the large bubble in the centre ..... anyone know why this is?
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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 11:57:08 PM »
Ah... thanks.

It was a ruby one that I'd seen minus the large bubble. This suggests that it might be genuine then - or are there other manufacturers?


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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 01:13:16 PM »
Ray Annenberg told me that there was an additional shift glassmakers could work as overtime and on one occasion Ron Wilkinson was working this shift and making these Ruby bubble weights - and at some speed to earn a bonus-  but Ron forgot to put the central bubble in and when he reaised this he told the other glassmakers of his error and from that point on they all left the central bubble out of ruby weights BUT those Ruby weights made before this incident did have a central bubble in.
Hope this clarifies things
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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2012, 01:20:46 PM »
Thanks, it does.

Since first posting, I'd searched and read that it was harder to do the big bubble on Ruby - but I've no idea whther that's true.


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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012, 01:36:13 PM »
I am sure it is no harder to put a bubble in a ruby paperweight than any other colour but there are ruby weights around with the central bubble.  I believe the glassmakers at Whitefriars were paid an overtime rate plus an additional amount depending on how many pieces they made and in his efforts to make as many weights a possible Ron forgot to put the bubble in and the rest is history
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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2012, 09:14:05 PM »
When you know how easy it is to put a bubble in a paperweight its hard to believe they just stopped . are the bubbles controlled or just all over the place. controlled i mean in lines
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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2012, 12:28:54 AM »
Been following this with interest  Dave, and if it didn't come from such a good source it could be the start of an urban myth ;D
The 9308 were around from the '40s and probably thousands were made and trust me the ruby without the larger central bubble are extremely rare. A few of the other colours made including early sea green and sapphire do appear from time to time without the central bubble but the vast majority have the central bubble.
Also another theory that's been mentioned  is it was harder to put the central bubble in a ruby one? and because of this and the density of the colour meant you could not see the bubbles very clearly anyway they were omitted?
So to sum up, the vast majority of ruby were made without the central bubble and the vast majority of the other colours were made with the central bubble.
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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 01:24:52 AM »

...trust me the ruby without the larger central bubble are extremely rare.

...So to sum up, the vast majority of ruby were made without the central bubble and the vast majority of the other colours were made with the central bubble.

The first bit seems to contradict the latter. Please, which is correct? (I think the first line has a typo and should read 'ruby WITH the larger central bubble are extremely rare'.)


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Re: Whitefriars bubble weights
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 09:28:48 AM »
Sorry it was a late night :)
The 'theory' they were made on an overtime shift could explain why the odd one in all colours turns up without the larger central bubble but not why ruby very rarely turn up with the central bubble
So to sum up, again ;D of the the thousands of ruby that were made over the years very, very few were made with the extra large central bubble, yet of all the other colours that were made over the years the exact opposite appears to be the norm very few were made without it.
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