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WHITEFRIARS RIBBON-TRAIL VASES

When I first started collecting glass Whitefriars ribbon-trail vases were one of the easy finds for a novice collectors. I found a lot of them and I gave a lot away as presents etc.. They are just nice things and useful things and this is a difficult combination to beat as a present.

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Description, References and Size

This is a "Sea Green" ribbon-trail vase with flaired rim. Whitefriars pattern number 8886. Designed by Barnaby Powell circa.1932.

"Sea Green" was a fairly common colour for this vase, and this is probably the most common shape for these ribbon-trail vases. These are kind of Whitefriars bread and butter stuff and I can give you comparitive value in my discussion.

The ribbon-trail is applied by hand, and if look carefully you will see the ribbon on each vase is different depending how the blower handled the glass. You can easily see the difference between this vase and the one below as they seem to be at different ends of the spectrum of the number of turns and angle of the ribbon-trail. I don't think it makes any difference to value though.

The reason there are so many references to this vase in the Wendy Evans book is because it appears in so many of the catalogues that are used to illustrate the book as it was made until at least the 1960s that I can see.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 121

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 214 & 301 & 318 & 323 & 331

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1935-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 25

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 7 inches

This is a "Sea Green" vase with "Sapphire" ribbon-trail and flaired rim. Whitefriars pattern number 8886. Designed by Barnaby Powell circa.1932.

The two-tone ribbon-trail vases are much rarer than the single colour ones and look better so expect to pay a premium for them. This is the most common size and shape for them though.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 121

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 214 & 301 & 318 & 323 & 331

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1935-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 25

Height: 5.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a "Sea Green" ovoid vase with "Sapphire" ribbon-trail. Whitefriars pattern number 8894. Designed by Barnaby Powell circa.1930.

This is supposed to be the only two-tone colour combination this particular vase comes. This is also a more rare shape for the two-tone vases and so would be quite expensive within this range.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 121

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 301

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1935-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 48

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 6 inches

This is an "Amethyst" ribbon-trail vase. Whitefriars pattern number 9030. Designed by Barnaby Powell circa.1935.

"Amethyst" is a more rare colour and expect to pay a premium for any "Amethyst" vase you may. Unless the seller doesn't know this, in which case snatch their arm off.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 121

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 301 & 318 & 323

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1935-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 48

Height: 9 inches

Width: 6 inches

This is an "Amethyst" ribbon-trail vase vase with flaired rim. Whitefriars pattern number 8886. Designed by Barnaby Powell circa.1932.

Again this is an "Amethyst" vase which is a rarer colour, but the shape is the more common one, so probably worth slightly less than the vase above as they are about the same size.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 121 & 123

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 214 & 301 & 318 & 323 & 331

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1935-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 25

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 7 inches

This is a "Ruby" ribbon-trail vase vase with flaired rim. Whitefriars pattern number 8886. Designed by Barnaby Powell circa.1932.

"Ruby" probably the most common colour for these vases and this being the most common shape, although this is a larger model of it. What I can tell you is that the ruby ones are in demand so hold there price against the rarer colours.

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, The Art of James Powell & Sons, Lesley Jackson, Page 121 & 123

Reference: Whitefriars Glass, James Powell & Sons of London, Wendy Evans, Page 214 & 301 & 318 & 323 & 331

Reference: Whitefriars Revisited 1935-1969, Chris Woolman, Page 25

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 7 inches

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