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Offline David E

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Head in a Swirl, by any Chance?
« Reply #60 on: July 24, 2006, 12:20:55 PM »
Originally, the ruby glass was left over from making railway and traffic light signal lenses and was just reused glass.

I don't believe it has anything to do with "poor" quality control. Earlier pieces might be darker simply because they were simply remelting these left-over pieces. Later models may have used a different process entirely. Whatever the reason, I only know of a ruby-flashed glass in Swirl.

'Ruby Greco' is also very dark but is known exactly as this.
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« Reply #61 on: October 14, 2006, 10:36:18 AM »
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While I think about it: Designer of Swirl?

There is a suspicion that it could have been Robert Goodden, who also designed Spiderweb. As yet unconfirmed.


Found an obituary for Robert Goodden which gives his association dates with Chance Glass which pre-date the date we have for Swirl (1955):
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Also in the early Thirties began Goodden's involvement with the industrial manufacturers Chance Brothers, designing mass-produced pressed domestic glassware, a relationship that continued until 1948.

Source: The Independent 13 April 2002 transcribed here


Hello there.

I am Robert Goodden's grandson. I have asked my father (Robert's son) about this, and he is almost certain that my grandfather had nothing to do with Swirl. Also there were no examples in his home.

In addition, I asked Robert's daughter, and she doesn't have any information on a possible connection between him and Swirl.


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« Reply #62 on: October 14, 2006, 11:00:19 AM »
Hello William,

I noticed your name popped up as a new member and hoped you were related!

Many thanks for clearing this up. The possible connection was published in Andy McConnell's 'Miller's 20th Century Glass' but I really wasn't convinced. While I would like to attribute this pattern correctly I feel this data might be lost forever.

I am aware that your grandfather was quite prolific from about 1930 and has always been credited with Spiderweb (1934) and Lotus (1948), the latter just before he took a full-time post at the RCA, I believe. However, Robert has also been attributed with the Waverley and Britannia designs - see my web site www.chanceglass.net for more details. Again, I am unsure but would welcome any guidance on this matter.

Please feel free to e-mail me privately, if you would prefer.
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« Reply #63 on: October 14, 2006, 11:07:57 AM »
Hello DenCill,

I will pass on your query to my father and aunt.

If there's anything else I may be able to help you with, please ask.


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Re: Head in a Swirl, by any Chance?
« Reply #64 on: May 16, 2011, 05:02:38 AM »
Thought you might like to see this scarce variant of Swirl gilt spirals on bronze glass known as Sun swirl all the best Mark


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« Reply #65 on: May 16, 2011, 10:12:46 AM »
Note the Fiesta label, so post Chance


 

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