three hundred years of collectable glass in one day

The Cambridge Glass Fair

knebworth Exhibition: september 2011

trailed and strapped

Display of Sky Blue pieces
Display cabinets and forum members.

At the September 2011 fair forum members staged an exhibition of some of the many and various designs incorporating trailing which were produced by the factory over the years.

The exhibition was collated by Terry and Peggy Martin who also loaned many of the pieces on display.

Other items were loaned by Patrick Hogan, Richard Caethoven, Ian Price, Nigel Benson, Graham Hudson, John Hobbs, Wolfie Rayner, James Starr, Robbo, Richard Anderson and Circaglass.

The image to the right shows some of the members alongside the two large cabinets and with the table also overflowing with bowls and vases!

The cabinets held a superb selection of the various designs and among them were a few one-off pieces including a twelve inch diameter tangerine bowl with a flint foot made by Ronnie Wilkinson in 1976 ( 9031), a large one-off sea green bowl with emerald trailing, ten and a half inches in diameter, ( 8901) and a unique gold ruby on flint fruit set (pat. no 9313). These were all loaned by Terry and Peggy along with several other items.

Display cabinets

There were also some wonderful James Hogan designs from Patrick and Ian and a lovely Harry Powell decanter with white melted-in threading and a silver mounted top which was loaned by Nigel.

Richard Anderson brought along a large ribbon trailed vase without a known pattern number and there were many other interesting and rare examples from the other contributors which can be seen in the image to the left.

Trailed ranges were produced in various forms over the years and most were represented here, including the Peacock Studio range by Peter Wheeler from 1969.

The members pull out all the stops at each fair to present a wonderful display of the high quality glass produced by this factory whose work they rightfully admire so much and because Whitefriars was such an innovative manufacturer they have much to choose from, so we can hopefully look forward to many more stunning exhibitions.

These displays and the effort of coordinating them are much appreciated by visitors to the fair, whether Whitefriars collectors or not, as they provide a valuable insight into the varied and imaginative glass designs produced during the factory's long history.

Later Sky Blue in Cabinet 2
James Hogan amethyst on sky blue vase alongside a blue on sea green example.


To see more images of the exhibition, please click here.

This was another superb exhibition which gave lots of opportunity and material for discussion among the group and other visitors to the fair.


exhibition highlights

  • A unique tangerine bowl with flint foot.
  • A large emerald on sea green trailed bowl.
  • A one-off gold ruby on flint fruit set.

Note: Images provided by Richard Caethoven & Patrick Hogan.