Sowerby Ellison Gallery

The Sowerby Ellison glassworks, in Gateshead, produced glass for over one hundred years. The patterns and colours varied immensely from the Victorian pressed glass to the Art Deco designs through to smooth modern lines, produced just before the factory closed. The following images are just a small selection of items from my personal collection.


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The (Not By) Sowerby Piasa Bird

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Summary : Sowerby Gateshead Glass, Simon Cottle

Book Title : Sowerby, Gateshead GlassAuthor : Simon CottlePublished By : Tyne and Wear Museums ServiceDate of Publication : 1986ISBN : 0 905974 27 1Pages : 112 The book starts off with foreword, acknowledgements, preface and introduction, before discussing various aspects of the Sowerby family and company through the chapters… The New Stourbridge Glass Works…

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Sowerby Ellison Pattern Book 1882

In June 1882, Sowerbys Ellison Glass Works of Gateshead published their ninth pattern book. The “fancy goods” consisted mainly of small items, such as spill vases and salts, which were offered in a wide range of colours and finishes. The original pattern book contained twelve pages, with representations of 267 designs. A facsimile copy was…

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