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Offline BJB

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« on: July 15, 2006, 02:17:32 PM »
Hi,

I have come back from a small car boot sale with this lovely Ditchfield vase.

http://i1.tinypic.com/2008e3n.jpg

It is signed on the base J Ditchfield 81

http://i1.tinypic.com/2008fwn.jpg

Is this the date or issue number?

 I think that this must have been made in the early 1980's before he set up Glassform as it only has his signature. Is this right?

Barbara


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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2006, 04:18:41 PM »
Hello, OTT, but do you happen to know who made that plate at the top left of your picture, please?


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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2006, 04:27:06 PM »
I don't know who made any of the plates, I got those today as well, and was going to ask about them later.

I did wonder if the back two might be American cup plates, and the front two depression glass, but none are marked.

Will take a better photo and ask when I get out of the bath.

Barbara


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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2006, 04:42:34 PM »
It's just that I've got a commemorative plate with the same border.
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-1644


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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2006, 09:29:06 AM »
:D :D :D

Hello Barbara :D

As far as I know, John Ditchfield started the Glasform company in 1982.

Also, as far as I know, he decided to number each piece individually. (I have 5194, 5430 and 7121). These are marked with J. Ditchfield, Glasform and the number. Your signature looks perfect.

Then there was the paperweight frenzy, and I think the numbering went. It may still apply to vases, I don't know.
I have a little apple, with just a label. The label reads Glasform, English handmade glass. There is a telephone number on it, 0253 26410, in the centre.
Cheers, Sue (M)

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2006, 12:07:57 PM »
Hi Sue,

According to the Great Glass;

"Established 1982 by John Ditchfield, after serving a 7-year apprenticeship at Venetian Glass Co, under Franco Toffio, a skilled Murano glassblower. Hand-blown one-off vases, lamp-bases, vessels & paperweights, mainly with iridescent finishes. His signature used on its own for a couple of years before he created Glasform. "


That's why I wonder if this is an early piece before he created Glasform, as others I have seen have had Glasform as well as his signature engraved on the bottoms.

Barbara


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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2006, 02:47:50 PM »
Barbara & TC β€” Amazing.   I thought I had seen lettering like that on my my Blackpool Tower teapot stand before, but I couldn't remember where.

Our mystery glassworks now seems to have two product ranges, not just the one!   And just look at the quality.   These are top class products created by an experienced mouldcutter.

Bernard C.  8)
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006, 03:38:33 PM »
Eureka!

Third match on lettering β€” Lillicrap's Hone by

WOOD BROS, BARNSLEY

It all adds up.   Wood Bros had the distribution network and outlets for '36 and '53 Coronation souvenirs and a range or two of pressed tableware.

I'm sticking with this as close on a certainty until someone proves me wrong.   It's not just the lettering and circumstantial evidence, you get this gut feeling.   Same mild Art Deco design, same quality, same weight, same mouldmaker, same finish.

Phew, it's been a long time coming!

What do you think?

Bernard C.  8)  :D  :D  :D
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006, 03:46:06 PM »
Bernard, did you get a buyer for your teapot stand eventually?

I also have a big Brown Betty, and somehow everytime I make the tea it reminds me of your stand...


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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2006, 04:04:30 PM »
Lynne β€” No, the Blackpool Tower teapot stand did not perform as I had hoped.    I might try it again soon β€” it's a little closer to Christmas, and I now have an attribution, which always helps.

Thanks for your interest.

Bernard C.  8)
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