This is a list of all the sources of information on Davidson that we have found (and read!). As Cloud Glass wasn’t made until the early 20th century, books on earlier glass will obviously not refer to Cloud Glass, but we’ve listed them for those people who have a wider interest in Davidson glass. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in some of these sources – readers beware! The books are not listed in any particular order.
Books and Booklets
Title: Miller’s Glass of the 20’s and 30’s. A Collectors
Title: British Glass 1800 - 1914
Title: The Identification of English Pressed Glass 1842 -
Title: A Supplement to The Identification of English Pressed
Glass 1842 - 1908
Title: English Pressed Glass 1830 - 1900
Title: English 19th Century Press-Moulded
Title: The Peacock and the Lions. The Story of Pressed Glass
of the North East of England.
Title: Miller’s Popular Glass of the 19th and
20th Centuries. A Collector’s Guide.
Title: 20th Century Factory Glass
Title: Davidson’s Glass: From Gateshead to the World
Title: The Glass Association Registration Numbers 1908 -
Title: A Short History of Geo. Davidson & Co. Ltd. 1867 -
Title: British Table and Ornamental Glass
Title: Miller’s Glass Buyer’s Guide
Title: Tyneside Industries
Title: 75 years of diverse Glass-making to the World
The following articles on August Walther and ORALIT can be found on www.pressglas-korrespondenz.de.
ORALIT, Sachsische Glasfabrik
August Walther &Sohne AG,
Ottendorf-Okrilla u. Radeberg 1932, 1933 u. 1934; "Slag Glass" und
Tafelschmuck der Sachsischen Glasfabrik August Walther Sohne
AG, Ottendorf-Okrilla u. Radeberg, 1933
- ein besonderes Dekorations-Verfahren fur Pressglaser
Title: The Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review
This monthly trade magazine started life as The Pottery Gazette in 1877. In the early years of the 20th century its name changed to The Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review, then in 1970 it became Tableware International.
As the name suggests, most of the information concerns the UK pottery industry, particularly in “The Potteries”, the area around Stoke–on–Trent. The smaller sections on glass production also concentrate on the glass industry in that area of the UK. However there is a brief report in each issue about glass production in the North-East of England, as well as monthly import and export figures.
Articles on technical aspects of glass production, reviews of trade fairs, features on glass and china retailers and news from individual manufacturers all provide a unique look at glass production in the past. If you want to find out who the daughter of the manager of the Royal Brierley factory married in 1932 then this magazine will tell you!
One of the best sources of information concerning new products is the section of advertisements at the front of each issue. Most are in black and white but the few colour ones are stunning – especially those of Bagley Glass.
Davidson’s, sadly, were not big advertisers in this magazine. Generally they had one advertisement per year, although sometimes the same advert was repeated in a later issue. These were full or half-page black and white adverts, sometimes with a picture of a design but often with no glassware featured. February 1932 must have been a momentous month, for the Potter Gazette ran a full-page colour advert for amber cloud glass – the only colour advert we have found for Davidson in this magazine.
We have found two ways of getting access to archive copies of The Pottery Gazette in the UK: -
Tyne-and-wear Archives, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The archives contain some surviving records of George Davidson e.g. glassmakers accounts from the 1930s. A full list can be found in the August 2002 Cloud Glass newsletter. Their website can be found at http://www.thenortheast.com/archives. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Records Office, Kew
The PRO is the main source of information about Trademarks, Registered Designs and other documents relating trade. Some of the PRO's catalogues are available online at www.pro.gov.uk. The PRO is open Monday to Saturday and anyone can register to view the records. When going for the first time you will need two forms of identification. See the PRO web site for more details.
The British Library, London
The British Library holds indexes and summaries of the UKs patent Office. Like the PRO it is open Monday to Saturday, however, obtaining a readers ticket is more difficult. For casual research they will only issue a one-month ticket. If you wish to extend this, it has to be in writing. Visit their web site at www.bl.uk for more details.
The British Library Newspaper Library
This is located in Colindale, North London. It has a large store of both original and microfiche newspapers and periodicals from all over the country. An online catalogue is available at www.bl.uk/catalogues/newspapers.html. Visit the British Library web site at www.bl.uk for details of opening hours and admission.
The UK Patent Office
Copies of patents can be obtained by post from the Patent Office. There is a charge (about £2.86). You must know the patent number first!! The patent office does maintain a database of UK patents, but it is limited to current patents only. Their web site is www.patent.gov.uk.
Companies House is the central register for UK companies. Copies of some company information is available. These include Company Accounts, Directors list and the Annual Return. For older records the charge is £10 per copy. Much documentation is missing for Geo Davidson & Co Ltd. Their web site is www.companies-house.gov.uk .