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James Powell bought a glass factory in 1834, in the Whitefriars area of London, back then the glassworks was called James Powell & Sons. James' three sons, Arthur Powell, Nathanael Powell and John Powell, ran the factory from 1840. Originally the company made stained glass, and scientific and industrial glass. Whitefriars began making glass tableware during the 1860's. in 1875, Nathanael's son, Harry James Powell, joined Whitefriars, and ran the company until 1919 and created many designs. In 1923, the company relocated to a new factory in Middlesex. Designers at Whitefriars during the 20's, 30's and 40's were Arthur Marriott Powell, William Butler, Barnaby Powell, William Wilson, and James Hogan. In 1954 Geoffrey Baxter joined the design team, and launched his very successful textured glass range in 1967, which included bark vases, the banjo vase, and of course the drunken bricklayer vase. The Whitefriars factory closed in 1980.

Sources: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson.

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Whitefriars #8473 Marriott Powell Ruby Red Glass Wave Ribbed Vase

A British ruby red glass tumbler vase with wave ribbed pattern. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Marriott Powell, pattern number 8473.

Whitefriars #8886 Powell Ruby Red Glass Ribbon Trail Vase

A British ruby red glass vase with ribbon trail. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Barnaby Powell, pattern number 8886.

Whitefriars #9030 Powell Ruby Red Glass Ribbon Trail Vase

A British ruby red glass vase with ribbon trail. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Barnaby Powell, pattern number 9030.

Whitefriars #9099 Ruby Red Glass Controlled Bubble Bowl

A British ruby red and clear cased glass bowl with controlled bubble pattern. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9099.

Whitefriars #9117 Large Ruby Red Glass Lobed Bubble Vase

A British ruby red glass lobed vase with controlled bubbles encased in the glass. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9117.

Whitefriars #9262 Set of 6 Smoky Glass Tankards - Boxed + Labelled

A set of six British smoky grey glass half pint tumblers. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9262, labelled and boxed.

Whitefriars #9296 Ruby Red Glass Ribbon Trail Vase

A British ruby red glass vase with ribbon trail. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9296.

LABELLED Whitefriars #9297 Amethyst Glass Ribbon Trail Vase

A British amethyst purple glass vase with ribbon trail. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9297, with blue Whitefriars export label.

Whitefriars #9308 Ruby Red Glass Controlled Bubble Paperweight

A British ruby red glass paperweight with controlled bubble pattern. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9308.

Whitefriars #9354 William Wilson Amber Glass Bubble Vase

A British amber glass ovoid vase with controlled bubble pattern. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson, pattern number 9354.

Whitefriars #9358 Wilson Ruby Red Glass Wave Ribbed Footed Vase

A British ruby red glass footed vase with wave ribbed pattern. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson, pattern number 9358.

Whitefriars #9359 1950's Amber Glass Vase Labelled

A British amber glass vase with applied decoration. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9359, labelled.

Whitefriars #9364 William Wilson Sea Green Glass Vase

A British sea green glass vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson, pattern number 9364.

Whitefriars #9366 Vintage Ruby Red Glass Ribbon Trail Bowl

A British ruby red glass bowl with ribbon trail. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9366.

Whitefriars #9377 William Wilson Sea Green Glass Bowl

A British sea green glass bowl with controlled bubble pattern. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson, pattern number 9377.

Whitefriars #9392 Baxter Sea Green Glass Lobed Vase

A British sea green glass lobed vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9392.

Whitefriars #9409 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Molar/Lobed Bowl

A British ruby red and clear cased glass molar / lobed bowl with controlled bubble pattern. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9409.

Whitefriars #9420 Ruby Red Glass Flanged Vase - Labelled

A British ruby red glass flanged vase with applied clear decoration and optical vertical ribbing. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9420, labelled.

Whitefriars #9471 Smoky Glass Posy Vase - Labelled

A British twilight grey green glass posy vase. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9471, labelled.

Whitefriars #9484 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Bud Vase - Labelled

A British ruby red glass bud vase. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9484, labelled.

Whitefriars #9496 Baxter Indigo Glass Bud Vase

A British indigo and clear cased glass bud vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9496.

Whitefriars #9497 Geoffrey Baxter Blue Glass Lobed Vase

A British blue and clear cased glass bud vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9497.

Whitefriars #9506 Baxter Green Glass Ovoid Bubble Vase

A British green and clear cased glass ovoid vase with controlled bubble pattern. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9506.

Whitefriars #9515 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Oval Bowl

A British ruby red and clear cased glass oval bowl. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9515.

Whitefriars #9516 Baxter Royal Blue Glass Three Sided Bowl

A British royal blue and clear cased glass three sided bowl. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9516.

Whitefriars #9517 Baxter Green Four Sided Glass Bowl

A British green and clear cased glass four sided bowl. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9517.

Whitefriars #9518 Baxter Meadow Green Glass Ovoid Vase

A British meadow green and clear cased glass ovoid vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9518.

Whitefriars #9556 Baxter Aubergine Glass Beak Vase

A British aubergine purple and clear cased glass beak vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9556.

Whitefriars #9570 Baxter Aquamarine Green Glass Three Sided Vase

A British aquamarine green and clear cased glass three sided vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9570.

Whitefriars #9571 Baxter Sage Green Glass Teardrop Vase

A British sage green and clear cased glass teardrop vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9571.

Whitefriars #9572 Baxter Green Glass Teardrop Vase

A British green and clear cased glass teardrop vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9572.

Whitefriars #9582 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Flared Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass flared vase with horizontal optical ribbing. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9582.

Whitefriars #9583 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Cylinder Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass cylinder vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9583.

Whitefriars #9584 Baxter Green Glass Flared Vase

A British green and clear cased glass flared vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9584.

Whitefriars #9585 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Ovoid Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass ovoid vase with horizontal optical ribbing. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9585.

Whitefriars #9586 Optical Ribbed Blue Glass Vase

A British blue glass vase with horizontal optical ribbing. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9586.

Whitefriars #9587 Baxter Royal Blue Glass Ovoid Vase

A British royal blue and clear cased glass ovoid vase with horizontal optical ribbing. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9587.

Whitefriars #9599 Baxter Purple / Aubergine Soda Glass Vase

A British aubergine purple soda glass vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9599.

Whitefriars #9608 Wilson/Dyer Streaky Glass Knobbly Vase

A British streaky green and clear glass knobbly vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer, pattern number 9608.

Whitefriars #9609 Wilson/Dyer Streaky Green Glass Knobbly Vase

A British streaky green and clear glass knobbly vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer, pattern number 9609.

Whitefriars #9612 Wilson/Dyer Streaky Brown Glass Knobbly Vase

A British streaky brown and clear glass knobbly vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer, pattern number 9612.

Whitefriars #9613 Wilson/Dyer Streaky Green Glass Knobbly Bowl

A British streaky green and clear glass knobbly bowl. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer, pattern number 9613.

Whitefriars #9647 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Bud Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass bud vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9647.

Whitefriars #9656 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Hambone Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass teardrop / hambone vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9656.

Whitefriars #9667 Baxter Cinnamon Textured Glass Basket Weave Vase

A British cinnamon brown and clear glass "Basket Weave" slab vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9667.

Whitefriars #9670 Baxter Tangerine Glass Mobile Phone Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "Mobile Phone" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9670.

Whitefriars #9671 Baxter Cinnamon Glass Totem Pole Vase

A British cinnamon brown and clear glass "Totem Pole" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9671.

Whitefriars #9673 Baxter Tangerine Glass Drunken Bricklayer Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "Drunken Bricklayer" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9673.

Whitefriars #9674 Baxter Cinnamon Textured Glass Pyramid Vase

A British cinnamon brown and clear glass "Pyramid" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9674.

Whitefriars #9675 Baxter Indigo Textured Glass Cello Vase

A British indigo and clear cased glass "Cello" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9675.

Whitefriars #9676 Baxter Cinnamon Textured Glass Sunburst Vase

A British cinnamon brown and clear glass "Sunburst" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9676.

Whitefriars #9677 Baxter Tangerine Textured Glass TV Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "TV" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9677.

Whitefriars #9680 Baxter Cinnamon Textured Glass Hooped Vase

A British cinnamon brown and clear glass "Hooped" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9680.

Whitefriars #9683 Baxter Kingfisher Blue Glass Nailhead Vase

A British kingfisher blue and clear glass "Nailhead" vase (irregular small dent version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9683.

Whitefriars #9683 Baxter Tangerine Glass Nailhead Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "Nailhead" vase (regular large dent version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9683.

Whitefriars #9685 Baxter Tangerine Glass Nailhead Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "Nailhead" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9685.

Whitefriars #9686 Baxter Kingfisher Blue Glass Textured Coffin Vase

A British kingfisher blue and clear glass "Coffin" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9686.

Whitefriars #9688 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Textured Bark Bowl

A British ruby red and clear glass "Bark" bowl. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9688.

Whitefriars #9689 Baxter Sage Green Glass Textured Bark Vase

A British sage green and clear glass "Bark" vase (six inch version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9689.

Whitefriars #9690 Baxter Tangerine Glass Textured Bark Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "Bark" vase (seven and a half inch version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9690, labelled.

Whitefriars #9691 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Textured Bark Vase

A British ruby red and clear glass "Bark" vase (nine inch version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9691.

Whitefriars #9706 Baxter Pewter & Kingfisher Ribbon Trail Vase

A British pewter grey and kingfisher blue glass "Ribbon Trail" vase (ten inch version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9706.

Whitefriars #9707 Baxter Pewter & Kingfisher Ribbon Trail Vase

A British pewter grey and kingfisher blue glass "Ribbon Trail" vase (eight and a half inch version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9707.

Whitefriars #9709 Baxter Blue/Green Glass Ribbon Trail Vase

A British kingfisher blue and green glass "Ribbon Trail" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9709.

Whitefriars #9717 Baxter Tangerine Glass Volcano Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear glass "Volcano" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9717.

Whitefriars #9727 Baxter Aubergine Purple Glass Lobed Vase

A British aubergine purple and clear cased glass lobed vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9727.

Whitefriars #9728 Baxter Sage Green Glass Elephant Foot Vase

A British sage green and clear cased glass "Elephant Foot" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9728, labelled.

Whitefriars #9729 Baxter Green Glass Textured Bark Vase

A British meadow green and clear cased glass "Bark" vase (pre 1974 version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9729.

Whitefriars #9729 Baxter Kingfisher Blue Glass Textured Bark Vase

A British kingfisher blue and clear cased glass "Bark" vase (1974 onwards version). Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9729.

Whitefriars #9730 Baxter Tangerine Glass 'Bottle' Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear cased glass "Bottle" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9730.

Whitefriars #9731 Baxter Aubergine Glass Pineapple/Pinecone Vase

A British aubergine purple and clear cased glass "Pineapple" or "Pinecone" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9731.

Whitefriars #9733 Baxter Pair Ruby Red Glass Bark Candle Holders

A pair of British ruby red and clear cased glass "Bark" candle holders. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9733.

Whitefriars #9762 Baxter Tangerine Glass Nailhead Vase

A British tangerine orange and clear cased glass "Nailhead" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9762.

Whitefriars #9771 Aubergine Glass Controlled Bubble Lobed Vase

A British aubergine glass lobed vase with controlled bubbles encased in the glass. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9771.

Whitefriars #9772 Ruby Red Glass Controlled Bubble Lobed Vase

A British ruby red glass lobed vase with controlled bubbles encased in the glass. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9772.

Whitefriars #9775 Ruby Red Glass Controlled Bubble Lobed Vase

A British ruby red glass lobed vase with controlled bubbles encased in the glass. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9775.

Whitefriars #9781 Baxter Kingfisher Blue Glass Eight Sided Vase

A British kingfisher blue and clear cased glass eight sided vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9781.

Whitefriars #9815 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Greek Key Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass "Greek Key" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9815.

Whitefriars #9816 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Aztec Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass "Aztec" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9816.

Whitefriars #9817 Baxter Amethyst Textured Glass Chess Vase

A British aubergine purple and clear cased glass "Chess" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9817.

Whitefriars #9818 Baxter Kingfisher Glass Textured Mallet Vase

A British kingfisher blue and clear cased glass "Mallet" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9818.

Whitefriars #9831 Baxter Lilac Glass Cooling Tower Vase

A British lilac and clear cased glass "Cooling Tower" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9831.

Whitefriars #9832 Baxter Sage Green Glass Pot Bellied Vase

A British sage green and clear cased glass "Pot Bellied" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9832.

Whitefriars #9834 Baxter Ruby Red Glass Textured Vase

A British ruby red and clear cased glass tapering vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9834, labelled.

Whitefriars #9836 Baxter Sage Glass Hourglass Vase

A British sage green and clear cased glass "Hourglass" vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, part of his textured range, pattern number 9836.

Whitefriars #9844 Wilson/Dyer Sage Green Glass Knobbly Vase

A British sage green and clear cased glass knobbly vase. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number 9844.

Whitefriars #9859 1970's Aqua Glass Lobed Vase

A British aqua glass lobed vase. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9859.

Whitefriars #9863 1970's Gold Amber Glass Dimpled Vase

A British "gold" glass dimpled vase. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9863.

Whitefriars #9865 1970's Aqua Glass Dimpled Vase

A British aqua glass dimpled vase. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9865.

Whitefriars Vintage Ruby Red Glass 'Dilly Duck' Figurine

A ruby red glass "Dilly Duck" figurine with controlled bubble effect. Made by Whitefriars, no pattern number.

Whitefriars #M104 William Wilson Smoky Glass Tumblers

A pair of smoky glass tumblers. Made by Whitefriars, designed by William Wilson, pattern number M104, labelled.

Whitefriars #M136 Geoffrey Baxter Textured Glass Fruit Bowl

A flint (clear) textured glass fruit bowl. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern number M136.

Whitefriars #M155 Geoffrey Baxter Textured Sherry / Wine Glasses

A set of three flint (clear) textured glass sherry / wine glasses. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern name "Everest", pattern number M155.

Whitefriars #M32 Textured Glass Glacier Whisky Tumbler - Labelled

A flint (clear) textured glass whisky tumbler. Made by Whitefriars, designed by Geoffrey Baxter, pattern name "Glacier", pattern number M32. Factory label and pattern number label.

Whitefriars #9645 Blue Glass Vintage Bowl / Ashtray - Labelled

A blue & clear cased glass bowl / ashtray. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9645, labelled.

Whitefriars #9625 Blue Glass Vintage Lobed Bowl / Ashtray

A blue & clear cased glass bowl / ashtray. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9625.

Whitefriars #9665 Cinnamon Brown Glass Vintage Bowl / Ashtray

A cinnamon brown & clear cased glass bowl / ashtray. Made by Whitefriars, pattern number 9665.


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References

For more information on Whitefriars glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Whitefriars Glass: Art of James Powell & Sons | ISBN 978-0903685405


James Powell and Sons: Glassmakers of Whitefriars 1834-1980 | ISBN 978-0904818567


20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

Websites

www.whitefriars-glass.com