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    Posted 1 year ago

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    This is a really lovely footed rose bowl, decorated in poly-chrome gold and platinum colored enamels, on root beer brown glass, with an applied glass piecrust rim.

    It's very interesting because it has an applied glass British registration lozenge diamond applied over the pontil. In my experience, these applied glass registration lozenges are rarely seen on Victorian British art glass glass. The British registration lozenge usage was discontinued after 1883.

    The top of the British registration lozenge has two data points, the top has Roman numeral III which denotes the class classification, which in this case is glass. The next data sets represents the date. Days are recorded as numbers, and the year and month are recorded as letters. Under the III at the 12 o'clock position at the top is the Arabic numeral 7. This denotes the day. The 3 o'clock position is a L, which denotes the year of 1882, and the 6 o'clock position has a K, which denotes the month November. In this case, it works out to 17, November 1882.

    This represents the registered design approved for Thomas Webb & Sons for a rim crimping technique. A copy of the design from the British National Archives is shown on page 271 of the Mervyn Gulliver book, "Victorian Decorative Glass British Designs , 1850-1914".

    Although the registered design for the rim in itself isn't particularly interesting, it allows us to positively ID the maker of the rose bowl as Thomas Webb & Sons.

    [Please note that the photographs of the glass may not be copied or reproduced without the express written consent of the author and owner of said images]

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    1. kairomalte, 1 year ago
      A very fine detective work, for completeness, I would like to mention, that in Charles R. Hajdamach 'British Glass 1800-1914' in Appendix 11 a detailed description of the 'Design Registration Marks' is given.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
      A Beauty and the Explanation is Tight.
    3. LoetzDance LoetzDance, 1 year ago
      Wonderful research, Brian. Thank you!
    4. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 1 year ago
      Hi Kai, Thanks for taking a read. Hajdamach does show the detailed description of the 'Design Registration Marks' it's also now on the Internet :)
    5. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 1 year ago
      Thanks Kevin!
    6. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 1 year ago
      Thank you Deb!

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