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Malta Glass / Re: Mdina Craggy Knop Candlestick - Is it??
« Last post by Baked_Beans on December 01, 2016, 04:43:08 PM »
Just wanted to add this one to the thread. This is 15 cm tall and FULL of tiny bubbles.....There seem to be two versions of these , those with wider bowls to house the base of the candle and then the thinner bowls with more of the stem appearing above the craggy knop . The bowl is attached to the stem just above the knop . Four pieces in total...the foot, the tapered stem , the craggy knop and then finally the bowl attached to the stem .
British & Irish Glass / Re: Sowerby Reg. 91431 - 14.01.1888
« Last post by Paul S. on December 01, 2016, 04:30:49 PM »
sorry to hear this appears to be an absentee from the pattern books, at least for the time being  -  take it you've been through the CD catalogues?  -   anyway would agree that the two pieces you show are certainly matches for the pattern, if not the shape.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Sowerby Reg. 91431 - 14.01.1888
« Last post by agincourt17 on December 01, 2016, 03:57:18 PM »
Than you, Paul.

This is one of those odd cases where numerous searches through the pattern book have so far failed to reveal a match.

I do, however, have a couple of photos from different sources that show a clear 5.5 inch diameter comport or tazza in the pattern.

British & Irish Glass / Re: Sowerby butter dish Rd. 91432 - 14.01.1888
« Last post by agincourt17 on December 01, 2016, 03:37:41 PM »
Thank you, Paul.

Glass Trinket Sets / Re: Lead Crystal trinket set - flashed or cut to clear
« Last post by Paul S. on December 01, 2016, 03:33:43 PM »
some more information from the Kew Archives, but don't think the name of Henry Dresel Ltd., is going to tell us what we really wanted to know - which is details of the maker.
Despite the written description stating that this was a British company, the name Dresel sounds possibly more Continental in origin, and they may well have been agents/wholesalers/importers only, but with connections to small manufacturers in Czechoslovakia, Germany etc.
Presume this must have been a reasonably successful design as there appear to have been two five year extensions for the Registration, ending finally in 1965.
Hope of interest.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Sowerby butter dish Rd. 91432 - 14.01.1888
« Last post by Paul S. on December 01, 2016, 02:58:48 PM »
Here then is the National Archive image from Kew  -  showing that the original shape on which the Registration is based, was indeed a stemmed/footed sugar.     Not such a good picture, but adequate I think to see details.

British & Irish Glass / Sowerby Reg. 91431 - 14.01.1888
« Last post by Paul S. on December 01, 2016, 02:55:31 PM »
This one came by way of looking for Rd. 91432 - rather difficult to miss consecutive designs when they're on the same page - and would be silly to miss the opportunity of adding another Sowerby item to the list of Registered designs data base.
Will leave it to Fred to add the factory pattern No.  -  I have looked in Cottle, but after c. 1880 he provides very few of the corresponding factory pattern Nos., and others are far better than me at locating these things.
Unusually, the factory drawing appears not to comment or describe the nature of this piece - they do often - so assume some sort of dish or bowl - I see Cottle calls it a dish - and as usual not the remotest idea as to dimensions.     
I did punch the No. into the Board's search, but nothing that I could find - so perhaps a scarce design  -  either that or I missed it. :)
British & Irish Glass / Re: Strange Whitbread tankard? Any beer experts out there?
« Last post by chopin-liszt on December 01, 2016, 11:50:25 AM »
Was it to discourage getting boozed up at work, perhaps?

Although digging back to memories of my boozing days, wasn't it impossible to get even mildly tiddly on Whitbread?
It was a big "avoid" as far as I remember. Utterly useless. ;D
Glass / Re: Sklo Union?
« Last post by ian67 on December 01, 2016, 11:15:58 AM »
Many thanks John.
The shape inside does indeed match the profile outside. The curved effect in the base section is due to (subtle) raised 10p sized circular bumps protruding (apps. 2.5mm) from the 4 lowest sides, one on each side. Date wise? Possibly 1960s or 70s perhaps?

All the best,


Its really well made and I was half expecting to see a Dartington Glass mark somewhere on the base.

Spot on Anne, it was made as a commission by Dartington, it is shown on page 160, Dartington Glass the First Twenty Years. Described as "Beer Timer Tankard", Ltd Edition made for the staff at Whitbread Breweries.

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