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The George Davidson glasshouse was founded in 1867. Initially they began with the manufacture of glass chimneys for paraffin (kerosene) lamps which up to that point were only imported from the continent and were of high demand and in great shortage
With the emergence of pressed glass manufacturing techniques, Davidson's soon started making domestic items such as pots, plates, jugs etc. and by the mid 1800's he had established a bartering system with his brother Joseph who was based in Australia, which perhaps explains why there are so many Australian collectors. Davidson, exchanging glass In return for butter, wheat, tallow, flour and bicarbonate of soda with his Brother.
Davidson's wonderful Pearline glass was another important range developed at the factory and by In 1910, Davidson patented another of the company's most successful items - the flower block. This new way to hold flowers in a uniformed arrangement was soon being used in their flower bowls & vases and produced in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, long before other companies followed suit!
During 1923, a further development was launched by the name of Cloud Glass, a hugely popular glass which continues to be admired this day and it is from one of the Cloud Glass moulds, from which Davidson produced this fabulous satin-frosted green fruit bowl.
Davidson's satin-frosted glass has a unique feel of its own, which is exceptionally tactile. It was achieved by mixing flour with sulphuric acid to a paste and then simply applying it to the finished glass until the desired effect was produced.
At first glances, the bowl would appear to be missing a central element? However, Davidson never produced such items for this bowl (save for a small round glass flower-frog) and so apart from its obvious stand-alone appeal its use is as a fruit bowl.
The final photograph is for display purposes only to demonstrate the above. The lady as shown is by Sowerby and is not included, however it is available by request for an additional £30 GBP ($47 USD) and as is shown it does make for a beautiful display which propels the bowl into a wonderful centre piece if desired.
The condition of this bowl is excellent. There are no chips, cracks or scratches etc. and so it is offered to you here in next to mint condition for your collection... AND AT LESS THAN HALF PRICE!
Diameter: 10 inches Base diameter: 4 inches Height: 3.75 inches Postage weight: 2k 300gms (bowl only)
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