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quote 'I have no problem with the idea of an assistant helping the final "easing in" of a partially collapsed upper section of the vessel by gently and slowly withdrawing air'

But exactly how would they gently and slowly withdraw air?

Charles is specific on his description - it's just weird.

I have spent a lot of my life in the manufacturing business.

I have also delved into patents.

Lets step back and look, as I think Keith or Paul wrote.

Two companies would HAVE to work in extremely close quarters. We are looking at the merger, albeit tenuous, of two companies. This was for THE GREAT EXHIBITION, this was not Wembley Market on a Sunday morning.

As pointed out by lustrous, just setting up a glass making venture was expensive, let alone one that combines two different mediums.
Not only that, but I don't think Thomson and Varnish just knocked on the door a week before the Exhibition and said "hey, we got some mercury we want you to play with.

Powells were obviously quite established at the time and would have recorded this major re-shuffle, surely?

I am still trying to find out more about Mellish and Lund, as I think they may be another avenue which may lead to an answer.

Whichever way you look at it, there is a company or was a company that had some significant changes to its working practice, a new influx of funds, possible relocation due to hazardous chemicals, and I don't think Powells fits the bill somehow?
Glass / Is this a real Michael Harris signature?
« Last post by lwerk on Today at 11:50:40 AM »
Hello,can anybody  tell me if this is a real signature?
Thank you ,kind regards Lisa
I too am concerned that we have no evidence of Varnish being a manufacturer. A glass factory was an enormous investment. We also know that Varnish was a surgeon in his day job! See my previous post.

Retailers wouldn't have done the silvering; it's a nasty chemical process requiring heat

Has anyone seen the actual patents?
Glass / Re: Pressed glass circle and ray pattern, ID please?
« Last post by Nenseth on Today at 10:11:39 AM »
Thank you very much. :) :) :)
Glass Trinket Sets / Re: And finally ID = Walther "Munster" trinket pot
« Last post by Jayne on Today at 10:06:24 AM »
Another German Walther Munster thread for merging here:,46837.0.html

And for info, an image of a gorgeous frosted pink Munster version here:

A frosted pink Walther Munster set...
Further image here:

....also Ernst Buder set with atomiser

Glass / Re: Pressed glass circle and ray pattern, ID please?
« Last post by pamela on Today at 09:56:20 AM »
Hi and welcome to GMB!  :-*

Very nice collection of so many different shapes!

I vote for pattern ARGOS designed by Rudolf Schrötter for Inwald Rudolfova Hut, Bohemia - second half 1930ies and produced for many decades.

Please also see Newhall, Art Before Industry accompanying CD 'Rudolfova before 1958' page 9 and

reprint by West Virginia Museum of Glass of Inwald 1940 catalogue    scroll far down....  ;)

Another thread on Davidson 340 set for merging here please Mods:,48660.0.html
The tray doesn't look to match colourwise...
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