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Author Topic: 1980's blown tableware tumblers English?  (Read 376 times)

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Offline bOBA

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1980's blown tableware tumblers English?
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:16:47 PM »
Hi, everyone. These are some usable, nicely blown vintage tableware glasses and I wondered if anyone recognised the pattern please? I think they came from the same set. The tumblers are quite tall over 15cm and they appear nicely hand made. Only one has a ripple pattern, the others are plain. I was hoping that the crimped decor detail low down on the body of the glasses on some of them may help yield an attribution. Any help appreciated,

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Re: 1980's blown tableware tumblers English?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 09:54:35 AM »
Although the short tumbler is most easily found, this tall glass seems to be a pattern of the Ravenhead Olympiad range designed by John Clappison.....

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Re: 1980's blown tableware tumblers English?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 11:40:12 AM »
Not one I see very often.
I have a vague interest in some '70s Ravenhead tumblers, I have collected and now use a load of Annette Meech's Apollo glasses (I don't need to get any more), and recently succeeded in getting together a set of the rather lovely and practical "Beer glasses". (pic) I do have the original box, but there is no designer's name given.

I have gone a bit off all my Nevada's - only using the smoky grey ones. I don't really like using coloured glasses.

I have long felt that these textured blown tumblers from the '70s have been seriously neglected by glassies.

(apart from the Siesta range from '73. It is everywhere. Charity shops are chock-a-block with them. It's a horrible design and nobody wants it.)

I don't recognise the swirled pattern as being Ravenhead at all.

It would be good to try to get together a "catalogue" of the different designs and to try to track down the designers. I do have (or can get) images to contribute and questions to ask, myself.


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Re: 1980's blown tableware tumblers English?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 11:54:33 PM »
Thanks Sue,

that is a good idea. There is an amazing array of English drinking glasses from the 60's and 70's. I was amazed how good the quality is of the Ravenhead glasses I have. Equally, I saw some of the Meech glasses that you have the other day and thought they were really decent, practical and attractive designs, evoking the period. There must be quite a few rarely identified designs out there,


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Re: 1980's blown tableware tumblers English?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 11:41:14 AM »
 :)
I have a particular fondness for the Apollos. I bought a set, brand new, when they first came out, from Boots, in 1976. They cost me £3. 45. They were for entertaining in my first solo flat, living and working on my own for the first time, here in Dundee.
They're still classy-looking and usable, but the little hollow in the foot is a nuisance in the dishwasher.
So currently, it's the beer glasses I'm using. :)

I know there are other makers of textured glasses from this period - there is a lovely set both Ivo and I have, still a mystery. (piccie later)
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