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Glass Paperweights / help id please
« Last post by millarart on Today at 03:25:16 PM »
any ideas? it has a kinda ysart brothers look to it but probably just tat
British & Irish Glass / Re: Bill Swingewood
« Last post by pricejb on Today at 12:40:28 PM »
I am researching the work of a Midlands writer called Archie Hill who mentions a brilliant lamp worker he calls 'Old Billy' who died in the late 1930's. This must be Billy Swingewood - but which one?

From the E&S (7-2-2014) I learn that in 2014 you, Paul, were 47 ( born 1967) and your father John was 74 born 1940.

Henry (John's father, Paul's grandfather) would have been born around 1915 (I think he would have been the gentleman in the photo in the E&S). John grandfather (Paul's great-grandfather) would have been born around 1890 and we know he was still around in the 1940's because he help raise John (per the E&S). I think he would be the young man at the British Industries Fair (probably 1920's).

So back to Hill's 'Old Billy'. I have found his on-line burial record at Amblecote Church and, yes,  someone named William Henry Swingewood, was buried 12 November 1939 aged 68 so was therefore born 1871. Does this mean there were three generations of William Henry Swingewoods?

Also I have thought more about this quote from the E&S: "John Swingewood, now aged 74, was looked after by grandparents Lily and Mr Swingewood senior, who was a renowned glass maker in the Black Country at the start of the 20th century."  This "Mr Swingewood Senior" would have been active rather later than the early years of the 20th Century. I estimated that he was born 1890 so he would not have become well known until perhaps 1925. Which again argues for that Old Billy was from the earlier generation.

If anyone wants to email me at I can send the extracts from Hill's book that mention Old Billy.
Glass / Re: Engraved cognac glasses
« Last post by aksleks on Today at 11:02:26 AM »
Thank you so much!
Glass Trinket Sets / Re: One thing leads to another.......
« Last post by theElench on Today at 06:37:48 AM »
Oh dear, not Sowerby, not even a set!  Sorry to have raised a red herring.

What happened to the candlestick previously listed as Mystery 10?
Yes, I agree.  This is a Baccarat 20th century paperweight from the 1920s.  Usually called DuPont period to contrast it with the classic period weights from 1845 to 1860. 
Glass / Re: Large Glass Pitcher
« Last post by brucebanner on Yesterday at 10:10:48 PM »
Have you tried putting a pick on the Early American Pattern Glass Society on Facebook?.
Yep, sure is. It may be from the Depont period... one of the experts will confirm
Identification please for this paperweight. Does anyone on this forum know if the paperweight in the attached files is a real Baccarat?

Is it original? If you have any further information, please let me know. I would be very thankfull.

British & Irish Glass / Re: Walsh conical cut crystal vase
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 08:29:42 PM »
It's fine as it is Paul, I think I got the sense of it all.  ;D
British & Irish Glass / Re: Walsh conical cut crystal vase
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 08:10:35 PM »
you might care to re-write my words Anne  -  I was about to leave the house and rushed to type the reply and had various goes at trying to fit all the info in quickly - with the resulting jumble.
Rather like this - will swap my catapult, fishing rod and marble collection if you're interested ;D ;D
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