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Hello all
Can anyone shed light on WHEN Davidson made these Primrose Pearline salts? Also, if they belonged to a Suite, or had an Rd. date?  Neither one is marked.

I did find the square one on the site, top of page, 1911-1920 registered patterns.  Rd. 577153, registered jan. 28, 1911.  Now, just trying to find out information on the round version.

Bernard C:
Dave — Chris & Val Stewart put the end of production of Pearline at about 1914 in their recent book, Davidson Glass, a history.

Bernard C.  8)

Hi Bernard & Dave

The phrase we use in the book is ‘it is likely that some items were still being made in Pearline until 1914’ There is no documentary evidence that Pearline was actually made as late as 1914. The last suite to be made extensively in Pearline was the 1904 suite. It is probable therefore that Pearline was being made for some time after 1904.

Some people have suggested that as a Davidson shell dish was known to be made in Pearline and also appears in the 1912 catalogue, this means that Pearline was made in 1912. The shell, a No 1 shell was first made in 1901 so this is not good dating evidence.

The round salt in the picture looks to be a number 131 salt and appeared in an 1893 advert (shown in Primrose Pearline). The square salt is not documented, but is likely to have been made at the same time – assuming of course it is a Davidson salt. These were not part of any suite nor were they registered designs. The ‘yearly’ suites and registered designs are described in our book ‘Davidson Glass a history’. We will be publishing a complete identification guide to Davidson glass later this year. This will include suites, domestic and industrial glassware.

Did you know that Davidson made nearly 200 different styles of salt and 85 different styles of shell dishes?

I would also love to know what a lump bottom, peg lower and an ‘open and shut tumbler’ were!!!




--- Quote from: "ChrisStewart" ---I would also love to know what a lump bottom, peg lower and an ‘open and shut tumbler’ were!!!

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Chris, I don't know if this helps at all but... there was a type of tankard called a peg tankard - apparently mentioned in some of Shakespeare's plays. I found a reference to it in a book on the Gutenberg Project website

--- Quote ---In the bibulous days of Shakespeare, the peg tankard, a species of wassail or wish-health bowl, was still in use. Introduced to restrain intemperance, it became a cause of it, as every drinker was obliged to drink down to the peg. We get our expression of taking a man "a peg lower," or taking him "down a peg," from this custom.
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