Whitefriars glass is the brand name of glass produced by James Powell & Sons Limited. There have been two substantial and well illustrated books on Whitefriars glass (see Bibliography) and this has driven an interest in Whitefriars glass. In particular the glass of the 60s and 70s designed by Geoffrey Baxter. If Geoffrey Baxter is your interest turn away now. There are also a lot of Geoffrey Baxter fakes/copies out their, so good luck with that.
James Powell stuck labels on their glass and did not etch their trademark on it. Virtually all of these labels have rubbed off, and as a result of this, without one of the books you are lost. Many dealers seem to think that having a polished pontil mark is an indication that glass if Whitefriars, not knowing that hand made glass made globally has polished pontil marks. Also other makers were making similar glasswares and dealers are often selling this as Whitefriars. I don't think this is usually done to con people, I think it is often down to a lack of knowledge.
I have sufficient Whitefriars glass to make up multiple pages in this website, but obviously decanters come first. Also where possible I have quoted the colours as they are named by Whitefriars and added pattern number they use. If you are ever searching for particular pieces this may help in your quest.
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