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This auction is for this Whitefriars Knobbly cased vase in premium original condition with no faults.

1.6 kgs

c. 1960's

The Knobblies were launched at the Blackpool Trade Fair in 1964, and they appeared in the catalogue of that year. They were designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer.

Knobbly vases are very heavy, thick walled items, created by an S shaped tool used to manipulate the molten glass prior to blowing.

The plain colours cased in clear, were made from Soda glass, but the Streaky versions were made from lead crystal, using sub standard glass left over from tableware and to which the colours were added, making a kind of water mark effect.

James Powell bought a glass factory in 1834, in the Whitefriars area of London, back then the glassworks was called James Powell & Sons. James' three sons, Arthur Powell, Nathanael Powell and John Powell, ran the factory from 1840. Originally the company made stained glass, and scientific and industrial glass.

Whitefriars began making glass tableware during the 1860's. In 1954 Geoffrey Baxter joined the design team, and launched his very successful textured glass range in 1967, which included bark vases, the banjo vase, and of course the drunken bricklayer vase. The Whitefriars factory closed in 1980.

9 cm wide by 9 cm deep by 25 cm high.

Postage prices included at bottom.

condition: 10/10

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