Joblings bowl

Joblings plate

above: Jobling's bowl
and plate in Opalique,
"Fir Cone" pattern



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Jobling's Glass from
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A short explanation of Jobling's Glass:
James A Jobling took over the failing glassworks of Henry Greener's in Sunderland in the North East of England in 1885. He was the principle creditor at the time, but glassmaking was not his main interest and the Company continued to trade under the name Greener and Co.. It was not until his nephew, Ernest Purser, became the manager in 1902 that the company started to make major investments in the glassworks, and to move towards a profit-making situation.

After a set-back during the war (1914-1918) there was major re-construction of the works, and in 1921 Jobling's obtained the franchise to manufacture and market PYREX glassware in Great Britain and the Empire (excluding Canada). The name of the company was changed to James A. Jobling and Co. Ltd., and PYREX glass rapidly became the most profitable part of their business. Between 1900 and 1930 the works grew from aound one hundred employees to over a thousand.

During the 1930's Jobling's introduced their OPALIQUE glass, a hand-pressed opalescent glass made from molds commissioned and made in France by Frankhauser, the most prominent Parisian, art-glass mold-maker. The same molds were used for JADE glass, and the quality of Jobling's fire-polished pressed art glass during the mid to late 1930's is recognised to be the highest ever achieved in England. Unfortunately the recession of the 1930's and the War (1939-1945) put an end to Jobling's production of this kind of art glass, and eventually (in 1973) the company was taken over by Corning International Corporation, the USA manufacturers of PYREX, and in 1975 the name of Jobling's was changed to Corning Ltd.

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References, Sources & Further Reading:

There are several books that include a section about Joblings and their glass and about Greeners, the company that became Joblings. Click on the book covers or titles below to read more about these books.


Guide to Jobling Glass 1985 British glass book British Glass Book 2 Arwas glass book 20th Century glass Jackson 20th Century glass McConnell 20th Century glass 2004 British Glass Between the Wars 1987 English Pressed Glass 1987

  • Collector's Guide to Jobling 1930's Decorative Glass (Dec 1985) by John Baker and Kate Crowe. Very much the best book for identifying Joblings glass.

  • British Glass 1800-1914, by Charles R. Hajdamach, (1991). The first of his two excellent books, this one covering all the major glassworks of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • English Pressed Glass by Raymond Slack (Oct 1987). An excellent reference book on English glass factories in the late 19th century. Particularly good coverage of Sowerby, Davidson, Greener (became Joblings), Heppell, Moore and the Manchester area glassworks. Includes a table of registration numbers.

  • Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco (Dec 1987) by Victor Arwas. An excellent book covering all the major glass artists and glass companies of the period.

  • Opalescence: Le Verre Moule des annees 1920-1930 (1986) by Banque Bruxelles-Lambert. Intoduction by Ph. Decelle. This 50 page catalogue of an exhibition of opalescent glass from the 1920s and 1930s is full of superb photos with dates and size details about opalescent glass from all the major European makers. The text is in French or German but even without understanding the text this book is invaluable. It covers them all - Lalique, Sabino, Etling, Verlys, P.d'Avesn, Hunebelle, J.Martel, Ferjac, Cesari, Verlux, Val St Lambert, Jobling, Barolac - some in more detail than others but all with photographs. It is good to see Jobling opalescent glass recognised alongside the major French names. The book is hard to find, though.







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