Brian â€” Your reference to the Webb piece with amber threading got me thinking, and left me unsure about the colour of the threading on my tazza. It could be amber or golden-amber threading, with the green colour that I could certainly see at a very specific angle the result of refraction through the distorted threads.
Since then, fourteen months ago, no progress, until two days ago, Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, 2007, at the Woking Art Deco & Nouveau Fair. I had the tazza on display, and, during a quiet spell (which you never really get at the glass fairs), Mervyn Gulliver checked over my stand and read my information ticket on the tazza with some interest. He then took me back to his stand and showed me the factory pattern book entry for it. Not a close match, but an exact one, with descriptive text and
The succinct description reads: "Ruby body, diamond moulded, amber threads over." Pattern number 3701, dated July 12 1881, and made in several sizes.
Now for the really interesting part. Not Stevens & Williams, Richardson, Webb, or Boulton & Mills, but Stuart.
According to Gulliver, Victorian Decorative Glass
, 1881 is also the year when Frederick Stuart left the partnership of Stuart & Mills at the Albert Glassworks, Wordsley, and set up on his own, acquiring the lease of the Red House Glassworks from Philip Pargeter, becoming Stuart & Sons in 1885. So this tazza must be one of the earliest independent designs of Frederick Stuart.
My sincere thanks to all who contributed.