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Stevens & Williams Northwood pull-up w/zig-zig pattern

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Hi Brian,

Yet another very nice bowl. Yes you are correct it is Stevens & Williams. It is listed in the Pattern Book 11 as "Maze Vandyke". Pattern number 12622 dated June 1887. (I ought to charge for this information you know, but I'm charitable  :wink: .) Vandyke is the name given to the zig-zag moulded design; it was produced in various colours like crystal and ruby. It is referred to in the S&W PG advert I posted under the Moresque topic. When a moulded pattern was covered in pulled up threads they addaed the word "Maze"; another example is over a moulded basket weave.

Your description of its manufacture is correct, the threading would have been applied and pulled up in the machined, the bowl would then be formed and blown into the zig-zag mould to create the pattern.

Just one small correction the pull-up machine could only pull vertically the manipulation such as in Osiris (note spelling) was done by the skill of the glass blower afterwards.

They are rare, apart from the one in Broadfield House I have only seen one other in the flesh and that was for sale a number of years ago at an extortionate price.

Best regards.

Hi Dil,

Welcome back, and thanks for taking a look at the bowl.  

This is great information, I'll note it on a paper and place it in the bowl for future reference.  

A basket weave with pull-up threads, wow that must be quite a piece.  I have a few basket weave pieces, but never knew they existed with the pull-up threaded treatment.

So the Osiris pieces were done by hand, that's interesting, I had always thought they were also done in Northwood's machine (it seems to be implied in the Hajdamach book).  

Do you think the Maze Vandyke piece in the Broadfield House is the same one that Charles  Hajdamach makes reference to in his British Glass book?  He references a  vase in the Michael Parkington collection with this same zig-zag pattern on page 282, but there's no photo.

Thanks again, this is great info.


Hi Brian,

I said the manipulation of the threads after being pulled in the machine was by hand in Osiris not that it was all by hand.

The piece in Broadfield House was from the Parkington collection. Michael was still alive when Charles wrote his book and the piece was on loan. Upon Michael's death the pieces on loan were bequeathed to the museum.



Not just the ones on loan, there were many important pieces that went BH after his death and before the auctions. My last visit to him was a couple of days before he passed away and a few weeks later I was given a piece, when I collected it I saw a number of gaps that had not been there before he passed away.


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