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RAVENHEAD

Ravenhead produced machine made glass for the mass market, however, they had a stellar designer in the form of Alexander Hardy Williamson, who prolifically produced popular and trendy designs that graced the tables and pubs of most of Britain.

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This is a Ravenhead centrifuge caste candle holder from the "Flair" range. Design by Alexander Hardy Williamson circa.1980.

These Flair centrifuge caste pieces of glass are super cool and it is a pity Alexander Williamson did not produce more designs for this range. There are only different items, and one of those is shorter version of this candle holder and the other is a fruit bowl. I think the fruit bowl is the rarest.

Reference: 20th Century British Glass by Charles Hajdemach, page 222

Height: 6.75 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is a Ravenhead centrifuge caste candle holder from the "Flair" range. Design by Alexander Hardy Williamson circa.1980.

I have called this a candle holder, but I am not exactly sure as it could be desert bowl or an ashtray. It's definitely form over function though as the is a lot of extraneous glass regardless of which of these things it is for.

Reference: 20th Century British Glass by Charles Hajdemach, page 222

Height: 2.5 inches

Width: 6 inches

This is a Ravenhead "Conical/Cooler" autoblown tumbler transfer printed with flowers in red, white and yellow. Design by Alexander Hardy Williamson circa.1958-1960s.

I am using the word "autoblown" here as these are entirely machine made glasses. The flowers and colours on this glass reminds of Hawaiian shirts which were very popular in the 1950s.

Alexander Williamson produced approximately 1,700 designs and there also seems to be different colour schemes within those designs. These tumblers are relatively cheap made the thousand and if you are the type of collector that actually likes to find their object of desire but be on a low budget, they would be a great thing to collect.

Reference: 20th Century British Glass by Charles Hajdemach, page 222

Reference: 20th Century Glass by Andy McConnell, page 131

Height: 4.75 inches

Width: 2.75 inches

These are Ravenhead "Gaytime" autoblown tumblers transfer printed with stars, planets, moons and comets, one in red and white and the other in black and white, both have gilded rims. Design by Alexander Hardy Williamson circa.1966-88.

This glass is from the 1960s and it's theme is from the space age. As I mentioned Alexander Williamson was quite a trendy designer.

Reference: 20th Century British Glass by Charles Hajdemach, page 222

Reference: 20th Century Glass by Andy McConnell, page 131

Height: 4.75 inches

Width: 2.75 inches

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