Chris et al â€” Holiday Monday, 5 June. Fleamarket at Hennebont, near Lorient, Brittany.
We saw four French Davidson No. 3 domes, one 3", two 4", and one 6Â½", all uncoloured, all unpierced, and all relief marked "MADE IN FRANCE". All were being sold on their own, not as part of any flower set, and all were on different stalls. The first three had no other inscription. However, the 6Â½" still carried its Davidson patent number, and three "6Â½"s, in the position you would find them on the first series Davidson originals.
I was surprised to find any of these domes, having previously assumed that the inscription indicated them to be made just for export. For the home market they would surely have been marked "FABRIQUE EN FRANCE", or just "FRANCE".
You will recall, Chris, that I saw one of these French versions, possibly a 4Â½" or 5", being sold new in John Lewis, CMK, some ten or more years ago.
So, I think this is reasonably good evidence that most or all of Davidson's No. 3 dome moulds ended up with a French glassworks. These domes may still be being made.
I hope this is useful.