John Derbyshire glass

John Derbyshire Glass:

19th Century glass from
Salford near Manchester, UK
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John Derbyshire was the brother of James Derbyshire, and together they operated glassworks in the Manchester area in the mid-19th century. Their first glassworks was James Derbyshire & Brother, of Hulme, which was established in 1858. In 1867 James and John and their other brother Thomas opened another glassworks and traded as J.J.& T. Derbyshire. This company's output was mostly high quality pressed glass tableware. They do not seem to have registered any new designs after the 1870s.

above: Britannia by
John Derbyshire, 1874



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In 1873 John Derbyshire set up his own glassworks, the Regent Road Flint Glass Works, Salford. Several of John's designs are very famous and highly sought, like the winged sphinx paperweight, the "Landseer" lion paperweight, the figure of Britannia, and the Punch & Judy figurines, all registered in the 1870s. John Derbyshire designs often carry his trademark, the initials JD on either side of an anchor. The company closed in 1876.

Manchester was the second great center producing pressed glass in England during the 19th century. The first was the North East (Gateshead, Sunderland, and Newcastle) with three giant companies Sowerby, Davidson, and Greener, and several smaller ones. There were five glassworks in Manchester producing high quality pressed glass which today is highly collectible, plus several lesser known ones. The main five were:
  1. Burtles Tate
  2. James Derbyshire
  3. John Derbyshire
  4. Molineux & Webb
  5. Percival Yates & Vickers
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Pressed glass designs from Manchester were popular in the 1860s and 1870s, slightly earlier than most of the pressed glass innovations from the North East of England. Sowerby, for example, registered their first pressed glass design in 1872, and Davidson in 1877.

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References, Sources & Further Reading:

Click on the book covers or titles below to read more about these books.

British glass book British Glass Book 2 English Pressed Glass 1987 English Pressed Glass by Thomson 2000 19th C British Glass 1982 Victorian Decorative glass book

1: English Pressed Glass by Raymond Slack (Oct 1987). Still an excellent reference book on glass factories in the early years of pressed glass.
2: The Identification of English Pressed Glass, 1842-1908 by Jenny Thompson (Jan 1990).
3:
British Glass 1800-1914, by Charles R. Hajdamach, (1991).
4: Nineteenth Century British Glass by Hugh Wakefield (1982).
5: Victorian Decorative Glass 1850-1914, by Mervyn Gulliver, (2002).
6: The Manchester Glass Industry by Roger Dodsworth (article in The Glass Circle No 4).








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