Posted 10 months ago
HERNY BIRKS &SONS -MONTREAL
found this at goodwill tonight for $2.99 and what a steal that was . the last picture has more of my ABP GLASS 2 OF THEM ARE HAWKES, 1 BY LIBBEY, AND THE NEWEST ONE IS HENRY BIRKS & SONS
SO HERES SOME INFO ON BIRKS DOWN BELOW AND THIS IS WHAT IVE PULLED UP FROM WEB,
For years Canadian Brilliant Period Cut Glass has been overlooked and lay dormant. However as the world globally progresses with awareness through the internet, more collectors and dealers are becoming more astute and realize that world artisans were not stagnant and did end up in obscure little places like Desoronto, Ontario. Yes, such was the case for Clapperton who apprenticed at Libbey Toledo, Ohio prior to 1905. In 1905, he left Ohio and ended up in a little town half way between Toronto City and Montreal City to pursue his own business in cut glass making. Here he rented a little warehouse where he began his business and realizing he needed extra hands and financial support, he in 1906 teamed up with Gundy and became known as "Gundy-Clapperton". Now the mission was to get this glass to the marketplace from boon town or the boon docks to the opulent city folk that was going to pay for this glass. It certainly was not the farmers of Ontario who were going to buy this expensive glass. Consequently Gundy and Clapperton needed a distributor. Who should be more fitting than Henry Birk of Montreal, known as The House of Birks, with his world renowned Jewelry Shop situated downtown Montreal, was the break these boys needed. With the aid of Birks and the Birks cliental, Gundy and Clapperton were now on their way to fame and fortune. For Canada, Gundy and Clapperton stand out as having been one of Canada's best cut glass cutters of their time and survived in business together until 1931. Several other rival glass cutters of notoriety at the time were Gowan and Kent, and Roden Brothers who were competing in Ontario. As for Montreal, there was the House of Birks or Birks, Philips Cut Glass Co., and the head branch of the Roden Bros. It is reasonably difficult to find pattern books from these factories and little was researched on these cutters over the years. More information is slowly becoming available as the years go by due to the fact that many excellent pieces have surfaced to the market place and eyes and ears have stood attention. Ah! These are not American cut pieces but rather Canadian. Voila! Now American collectors and dealers are doing their homework. Many of the unsigned pieces, once thought to be American are now being discovered to be of Canadian manufacture. Many of the clear blanks were shipped in from the U.S. and cut here in Canada. Some of the finished products were signed but like in the US, some pieces left the factories without signatures. So now American collectors and dealers are realizing there is no great distinction. In other words, if the piece has a great blank, great cutting, a great pattern, and unique shape, it has great appeal and is worth collecting. Besides lots of glass cutters moved around and learned their original skills by being apprenticed to some of the big boys in the United States at the time. Naturally, it would make sense that these Canadian boys were going to create their own masterpieces and produce great cutting; after all they had a skill and had to keep up their appearances and reputations in creating these "jewels" for the wealthy.
ALL OF THESE ARE SIGNED ITS HARD GETTING PICS FOR THIS ONE:)