None of the photos above are of Whitefriars glass! This is a blog in which I hope to show some glass which is so often wrongly attributed as Whitefriars when it is not. Time and time again you will find them on ebay, in auction houses, Antique shops and Collector’s Centres, independent dealers and at Fairs, all misattributed!
It drives me absolutely crazy to see new collectors of Whitefriars spend good money on glass which is as far removed from being Whitefriars as it is possible to get.
This is not to say that the items shown here are particularly inferior in any way. Some of the makers illustrated on this blog have a high profile and are hugely collectable in their own right.
But not every piece of glass that has a polished pontil mark, or bubbles, or has a texture or similar shape to some Whitefriars pieces can be attributed to Whitefriars.
I am an active member of the specialist web site www.whitefriars.com. I certainly do not know everything about all glass, so this blog, although my idea, has also some valuable contributions from my fellow members by way of photographs and information.
I would like to consider this as a “collective” blog and I thank all of those forum members and friends who have contributed to make it a hopefully useful resource. I hope you will find this informative and useful.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHS
Most photos here are by kind permission of the owners. Some have been used from the Whitefriars Mistaken Identities section, where people have freely posted them for identification purposes. If there are any objections to such photos having been used, then please email me, and they can be removed. This blog is intended as a friendly learning experience and not to gain in any way from publication of the photos.
Whitefriars made swans from 1938 - 1980 in sizes 5"/6"/8"/10". They were a classic shape and actually do look like a swan, although I have seen them described as sea-horses or dragons ! In 1978, this classic swan was changed by the addition of a foot, so can be clearly identified as the later swan. Below are some examples of both non Whitefriars and Whitefriars.
The above photo shows two swans which are NOT Whitefriars. The dark blue one at the back was made by Kingsware, a slightly distorted shape and the glass is characterised by streams of small bubbles throughout . They also normally have a rough "scar" on the base. The smaller one at the front may be by Murano, comes in several sizes and many colours and sizes.
Above two Whitefriars swans. The FLC Aqua one at the back sits on a "foot" and was made 1978 - 80 in this colour, plus Ruby, Sky Blue, Gold and Flint only.
The smaller one is a 6" Sapphire swan. The base of the Whitefriars swans is usually flat and polished.
Some examples of Whitefriars ducks.
Below, a Czechoslovakian duck with label often mistaken for Whitefriars.
These must be the most mis-described vases of all. Almost anything with a "bark like" texture is described as Whitefriars
Above this text is a photo of the standard Whitefriars bark vases As these vases were mould blown, then the sizes rarely differ significantly. Left to right: Pat. No: 9689 6 " tall, diameter 2.75" / Pat. No: 9690 7.5" tall, diameter 3.25" / Pat. No: 9691 9" tall 4" diameter.
SOME EXTRA DATA FOR WHITEFRIARS BARK VASES
6 inch tall Bark vase is Catalogue pattern no: 9689 Approx. diameter at rim: 2.5 inches Approx: weight: 686 gm.
7.5 inch tall Bark vase is Catalogue pattern no: 9690 Approx. Diameter at rim: 3.25 inches Approx. weight: 931 gm
9 inch tall Bark vase is Catalogue pattern no: 9691 Approx. diameter at rim: 4 inches Approx. weight: 1675 gm
By comparison, a Ravenhead “lookalike” is 6.5 inches tall, 2.25 inches at rim and weighs only approximately 349 gm.
Above is Pat. No: 9734, a bark vase with a fluted base. This measures 10.5 inches and was made just for a few months only in 1969.
Below are photos of some vases seen on ebay or elsewhere which are often described as Whitefriars. Unless tagged with the makers name, actual maker is unknown.
I am a collector of Whitefriars glass and an active member of the specialist web site:
www.whitefriars.com. All my items for sale have been thoroughly researched and are genuine Whitefriars glass. If you are looking for anything in particular, please ask me, as I do have a huge personal collection which is constantly changing.
Do please email me with any question or enquiries..........Email me!