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ENGLISH ANTIQUE GLASS ROLLING PINS


Glass rolling pins are collectable in many countries and from all periods. Some early 20th century types can still be bought quite cheaply whilst the rarer early Victorian pins can command high prices. The following is an informative extract about the history of English antique glass rolling pins from the book;  " The Glass Collector "  written by  Maciver Percival  in 1919.

ROLLING-PINS  These quaint objects are as graceless in shape as anything could possibly be, but to many people the human interest makes up for their lack of artistry. They were mostly made at Bristol and are found in considerable numbers in sailor's homes, where they were brought as lovers' gifts by seafaring men engaged in the coasting trade.

The mottoes and decorations on the best are done in enamel colours and burned on after the manner of other Bristol glass of good quality, but the later and less interesting ones have a coarser decoration in oil colours lightly baked on and liable to come off in the course of wear. Others are decorated with transfers in the style of Sunderland pottery ware, which also was a favourite gift of "those that go down to the sea in ships". These examples may possibly come form a Newcastle glass-house.

Inscriptions are frequent, generally of an amatory character, either verses or trite mottoes: "Remember me, when this you see, though many miles I distant be" is a favourite. In North Wales these rolling-pins are a source of great pride to the owners, and I remember being shown six in one kitchen, which belonged to the wife of the owner of a small coasting schooner.

They certainly are more interesting in the white decorated glass than in the plain green or marbled red and white, but they do not rouse my enthusiasm.


Luckily this lack of enthusiasm has not passed on to the glass collectors of today but it may have caused many "graceless" rolling pins to be discarded in the early 20th century.

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