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Joseph Silvers rented the Moor Lane glassworks for his company Silvers, Mills and Stevens in 1819. When his two sons-in-law, William Stevens and Samuel Cox Williams, took over the company in 1847, the name was changed to Stevens & Williams. Frederick Carder joined in 1880 as a designer, and John Northwood in 1882 as artistic director. Stevens & Williams became well known for producing quality decorative glass, using techniques such as cameo, engraving, acid etching, enamelling and cutting. Intaglio engraving was introduced in 1893, produced by Joshua Hodgetts, often combined with transparent cameo glass, and was produced for many years in a wide range of colours. In 1902, John Northwood passed away, and Frederick Carder left in 1903. John Northwood's son, John Northwood II, continued his Fathers innovative work at Stevens & Williams. New designs included Silveria, Fibrilose, Fleurissant and Alabaster.

Stevens & Williams became suppliers of glass to the Royal Family in 1919. Following a visit by the Duke + Duchess of York, the name was changed to Royal Brierley Crystal in 1931. At this time, the company was run by Joseph Silvers Williams-Thomas, the son of Samuel Coz Williams, until 1932, when Joseph's son Hubert Silvers Williams-Thomas took over as chairman and designer, with Joseph's grandson Reginald Silvers Williams-Thomas as manager and designer. Reginald appointed Keith Murray as a designer in the same year, who produced a great many designs. Other designers at the factory between the wars included Archie Kirby, Sam Thompson, Charles Boyton, and Joan Lakin-Brookes. After the second world war, Deanne Meanley joined as designer, along with Tom Jones who became chief designer in 1956.

Royal Brierley was bought by Epsom Activities in 1998, but was closed down in 2000, and reopened again in 2002 with a new factory in Dudley. The company is now owned and marketed by Dartington Crystal.

Sources: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson.

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Royal Brierley Iridescent Glass 'Studio' Vase - Marked

A British iridescent red glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked and labelled.

Royal Brierley Iridescent Glass 'Studio' Vase - Marked

A British iridescent grey and white glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

Royal Brierley Iridescent Glass 'Studio' Vase - Marked

A British iridescent purple glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

MARKED Royal Brierley Vintage Iridescent Glass 'Studio' Vase

A British iridescent black glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

MARKED Royal Brierley Iridescent Red Glass 'Studio' Vase - Label

A British iridescent red glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked and labelled.

Royal Brierley Iridescent Glass 'Studio' Vase - Marked

A British iridescent purple glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

MARKED Royal Brierley Iridescent Pink Glass 'Studio' Vase

A British iridescent pink glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

Royal Brierley Silver Glass 'Studio' Vase - Labelled

A British iridescent grey and white glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked and labelled.

Royal Brierley Green Glass 'Studio' Vase - Marked

A British iridescent green glass vase. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

Royal Brierley Grey Glass 'Studio' Vase - Marked

A British grey and white glass vase with glossy finish. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

Royal Brierley Blue Glass 'Studio' Vase - Labelled

A British blue and white glass vase with satin finish. Made by Royal Brierley, from their "Studio" range, marked.

Royal Brierley Glass Paperweight Signed Jill Devine

A British yellow, brown and pink glass paperweight. Made by The Foundry, based at the Royal Brierley factory, designed by Jill Devine, signed.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Bowl

A British pink and green glass posy bowl. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Bowl

A British blue and green glass posy bowl. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Bowl

A British pink and green glass bowl. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Bowl

A British blue and green glass bowl. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Vase

A British blue and green glass vase with optical ribbing. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Bowl

A British blue and green glass posy bowl with optical ribbing. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Vase

A British pink and green glass vase. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass 'Rainbow' Bowl

A British blue and green glass bowl. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, from their "Rainbow" range.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass Trailed Posy Bowl

A British clear glass posy bowl with purple trailing. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Glass Trailed Posy Vase

A British clear glass bowl with green trailing. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley.

Stevens + Williams/Royal Brierley Clouded Green Glass Vase

A British bubbly mottled green glass vase. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, very similar to work by Nazeing.

Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley Clouded Green Glass Bowl

A British bubbly mottled green glass bowl. Made by Stevens + Williams / Royal Brierley, very similar to work by Nazeing.


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20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

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