Davidson Pearline vase

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A short explanation of Davidson's Glass:

George Davidson founded one of the most successful and prolific glass factories in England. He was a butcher in Low Fell, Gateshead, in the North East of England during the 1850's and 1860's. In 1867, at the age of 45, he decided that there was such a shortage of oil lamp chimneys he would build a glass factory in the nearby Team Valley.

Initially very successful, they went on to make a wide range of pressed glass table-ware, imitating the popular cut crystal designs in clear pressed glass. During the 1880's Davidson's, along with several other glass factories, also made glass to look like porcelein (termed vitro-porcelein) usually in opaque white and opaque blue.They also made glass to look like marble, and termed it "marble vitro-porcelein" (or sometimes marble glass or Malachite glass).

In 1889 Davidson's introduced one of their most popular and successful lines, a colouring which they called "Pearline". It was only made in two colours, blue and lemon yellow, each with a white edge. The celery vase pictured top left is Davidson's lemon pearline. It is sometimes called "Vaseline glass" by collectors, and glows in ultra-violet light because of the uranium content.

In 1922 Davidson's invented a kind of glass with streaks like clouds, which they aptly named "Cloud Glass". It was very popular in the 1920's and 30's, and continued to be made until the second world war (1939) and in a more limited range after the war. The 1950s were a difficult time for the company, and when the last member of the Davidson family died (Claude Fraser) in 1959 the company was sold to Malcolm Pollock-Hill (Nazeing Glassworks) and John Howarth (formerly of Matthew Turnbull glassworks). This partnership lasted until 1966, when Abrahams & Co. Ltd, a silver plating manufacturer, bought Davidson's. They condinued to make glass, but now there was an emphasis on metal and glass combined table and decorative ware. In 1987 the glassworks finally ceased production and closed.

Here are some books which include Davidson's glass that you may find helpful. Click on any book cover to read more about that book.

Davidson Glass (2005) British glass book British Glass Book 2 British Glass Between the Wars 1987 20th Century glass Jackson 20th Century glass McConnell 20th Century glass 2004 English Pressed Glass 1987 English Pressed Glass by Thomson 2000 Arwas glass book 19th C British Glass 1982 Victorian Decorative glass book

Davidson Glass: A History (Aug 2005) by Chris Stewart and Val Stewart. This is a great book with comprehensive history, catalogue information, designs, types of glass and great photographs. It may be hard to obtain copies.
English Pressed Glass by Raymond Slack (Oct 1987).
The Identification of English Pressed Glass, 1842-1908 by Jenny Thompson (Jan 1990).
British Glass 1800-1914, by Charles R. Hajdamach, (1991).
20th Century British Glass (Nov 2009) by Charles Hajdamach.
Nineteenth Century British Glass by Hugh Wakefield (1982). Still an excellent reference book on glass factories in the early years of pressed glass.
Victorian Decorative Glass 1850-1914, by Mervyn Gulliver, (2002).

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INFORMATION about Bagley Glass!
Bagley Glass were competitors of Davidsons from the 1930s onwards so we thought you might be interested in this book. The first two editions sold out quickly.

The 3rd Edition is now available and has received a rave response - more information, more and better pictures, new items identified as Bagley for the first time, a helpful index, and more compehensive coverage; - so much so that there is no need for a supporting CD, which brings the price lower! A truly comprehensive guide to help you identify Bagley Glass.
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