|Davidson Glass a history|
The George Davidson & Co. Teams Glass
Works was one of the longest running glass works in the North East of England.
It was founded in 1867 and finally closed in 1987 after several changes of
ownership. From the Teams came world famous glassware such as Pearline, Cloud
Glass, Jade, Chippendale and Jacobean. Every type of glassware produced by the
Teams has its own band of avid and knowledgeable collectors. Davidson glass is
admired and collected all over the world. Ask any collector of pressed glass who
were the great innovators in glass making and George Davidson and his son Thomas
will be close to the top of the list if not actually at the top.
Davidson Glass a history is the first book to tell the story of this remarkable company and the men who ran it. The authors have been researching the history of the company for many years and Davidson Glass a history is the fruit of that labour. The book starts with a brief history of glassmaking in the North East and then introduces the main players in the Davidson company - George, Thomas and Claude Fraser. The second part of the book follows with a history of Davidsons divided into 6 time periods- 1867 to 1918, 1918 to 1939, 1939 to 1945, 1945 to 1959, 1959 to 1966 and 1966 to 1987. Within each time period the development of the company is described along with the type and colours of glass produced during that period. Further sections of the book describe:
The final section of the book is intriguingly called 'One Hour Odd', after the rate of pay the glassmakers received for working on new projects. It contains a number of chapters which add some new insights in to the Davidson story. The full table of contents is shown below:
Part 1 - Historical Background
Part 2 - A History of George Davidson & Co.
Part 3 - Well-Known Glassware
Part 4 - Advertising
Part 5 - Trading Partners
Part 6 - Designs, Trade Marks and Patents
Part 7 – One Hour Odd
Davidson Glass a history, while taking an academic approach to telling the story of Davidsons, also caters to the collector who is interested in the varied products of the glass works. The book is lavishly illustrated with 40 colour and 115 black & white illustrations. In addition the book contains 4 colour and 12 black & white adverts from the Pottery Gazette as well as 3 pages from different Davidson catalogues.
Davidson Glass a history is written by Chris and Val Stewart who are well known to glass collectors as the creators of the Cloud Glass web site. The Cloud Glass web site was the first web site to produce a catalogue of cloud glass and to list all of the known makers. Over recent years the web site has hosted many pages on Davidson glass and has recently begun producing an on-line identification guide to Davidson glass
Davidson Glass a history is available now priced £27. For details of how to order your copy please click here.
Chris and Val Stewart September 2005