three hundred years of collectable glass in one day

The Cambridge Glass Fair

knebworth Exhibition:

february 2013

full lead crystal - 1978 -80

The team once again put on a spectacular display, this time featuring the full lead crystal colours used for a variety of patterns during the years between 1978 and 1980.

Display of Sky Blue pieces
9686 Coffin vases in Aqua, Sky Blue, Gold and Ruby.

These colours are gold, aqua, sky blue and flint. The members decided to also include the colour ruby in the same designs made during that period.

This colourful exhibition again ran over three full-size display cabinets in the foyer of the Old Hall at Linton Village College, the new temporary home of the Cambridge Glass Fair.

The glass on display was amassed from the collections of a number of the forum members with around 80% contributed by Julian Knowles, David Fuller and his son, Tim.

Items were also contributed by Chris Read, Patrick Hogan, Wolfie Rayner, Leni Simons, Richard Anderson and Terry and Peggy Martin.

Patrick Hogan 's contributions included a piece of cullet in Flint which is really quite special as it is inscribed with the words: ' From one of the Last Pots of Glass melted at Whitefriars Sept.1980 '

It is one of only two known examples engraved by William Wilson.

Leni Simons brought along some of her swans, Wolfie Rayner added some cut paperweights to the display, Richard Anderson brought a piece of sky blue cullet and, all in all, the whole array really showed these later ranges and designs off to great effect.


Bark vases in Aqua, Sky Blue, Gold and Ruby.


Richard Caethoven, another stalwart forum member, made an invaluable contribution by designing and producing a leaflet to accompany the exhibition which detailed all the items on display with pattern numbers alongside. This was an innovation for these exhibitions and we must thank him for his time and expertise.

The full lead crystal colours, particularly sky blue, are very intense and complement each other beautifully. Sky blue is very desirable and is sought after in most of the patterns. Therefore it can be quite expensive to buy.


When a large number of FLC pieces are brought together like this, with the soda glass ruby items adding their depth and richness to the display, one can really appreciate again the quality of Whitefriars glass and exactly why it remains one of the most collectable factories of all time.

All of the contributors are regular members of the forum and all must be thanked for once more making the exhibition a reality. It demands some commitment and organisation to make these exhibitions happen and the forum members do this because of their ongoing admiration for and love of the glass produced by one of the greatest British manufacturing companies ever known.

They also get a real buzz out of whetting the appetites of other visitors and potential new collectors, showing them some of the many delights of Whitefriars' varied output.

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

exhibition highlights

  • Two 9" Bark Vases, one in Aqua, the only one known, and the other in Gold - only 2 known, and neither catalogued.
  • Inscribed piece of cullet - taken from the last day's production of the factory.

  • A 6" Sky Blue Bark vase and Sky Blue Coffin - both rare and valuable.


    The whole exhibition

Note: Images provided by Patrick Hogan and David Fuller.










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