Sowerby “Derby” Suite; Service #2414

Sowerby’s Ellison Glass Works introduced Service 2414 in Pattern Book 22 in 1925 [1]. The service was renamed to the “Derby” Suite around 1930 [2], and this name continued to be used until 1940. The “Derby” design was no longer included in the catalogues after this date, although preserve set, pattern #2414, was included in Illustrated List no. 39, circa 1960 [3].

Page from October 1927 Sowerby Illustrated List 23
Page from Illustrated Pattern Book 29, February 1931,
showing both the pattern name and number

Although the earlier catalogues only show images of the range in flint (clear) glass, the 1925 illustrated list (number 22) includes the 2414 pattern vase in the list of coloured goods [1]. This list shows the vase was also manufactured in Sunglow, Sowerby’s name for marigold carnival glass and Rainbo Lustre, their amethyst carnival glass. The vase is not incorporated in the coloured goods list in the 1927 catalogue (list 23) [4], which may indicate the vase only had a short production run in coloured glass. However, David Doty’s carnival glass website shows a pattern #2414 biscuit barrel in a Sunglow finish [5] which is not included in Sowerby’s Illustrated Lists No.s 22 [1], 23 [4], 29 [2], 30 [6], 31 [7], 32 [8] or 33 [9]. As the earlier catalogues state Sowerby’s take orders for coloured goods and would provide quotes “on receipt of enquiries”, it is possible items were produced in colours different to the ones advertised in the catalogues [1, 2, 4]. When the pattern was reintroduced as a chrome mounted preserve set, in the 1960s [3], it was offered in flint, green and pink.

Sowerby Derby Boat
Sowerby Derby Oval Dish (front left) and Boat (back right)

The following table details the individual items manufactured as pattern #2414 (Derby) with descriptions, dates, sizes and catalogue images compiled from various Sowerby catalogues.

ItemYears ProducedSizes (inches)Image
Bowl, Round1925 – 19406½”, 7½”, 8½”, 9½”
Bowl, Salad1925 – 19319½”
Bowl, Salad with Stand1933 – 19369½” – Height 10″
Dish, Oval1925 – 19406½”, 7½”, 8½”, 9½”, 10¼”
Dish, Square1925 – 1927
Boat, Diamond Shape1931 – 1938
1940
7″, 8″, 9″, 10″, 11″
7″
Preserve Set, Oval19607″
Preserve Set, Square19607″(no image)
Biscuit, Barrel1925 – 1931
Biscuit, Straight1925
Marmalade, Barrel1925 – 1931
Marmalade, Straight1925
Sugar, Deep1931 – 1933
Sugar, Footed19365½” diameter
Sugar, Handled1925 – 1931
Cream1927 – 1933
Rose Bowl & Block1927 – 19312½” Block
Rose Bowl
With Holder
1925
1927 – 1931
Holder1933 – 19403″, 3½”, 4″, 4½”, 5½”
Vase1925 – 19406″, 8″, 10″
Details of pattern #2414 (Derby Suite) from Sowerby’s Pattern Books

Sowerby Derby Vase
Inwald 7397 Vase

Around the same time that Sowerby’s were producing the Derby suite, the Czechoslovakian manufacturer, Josef Inwald was manufacturing a very similar looking range [10]. However, when the patterns are compared side by side there are discerable differences.


Derby Oval Dish
Derby Boat
Derby Rose Bowl with rounded base

References
1. Illustrated Pattern Book No. 22, Circa 1925, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
2. Illustrated List No. 29, February 1931, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
3. Illustrated List No. 39, Circa 1960, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
4. Illustrated Pattern Book No. 23, October 1927, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
5. David Doty’s Carnival Glass Website
6. Illustrated List No. 30, December 1933 (Sowerby’s Ellison Glass Works, Glen & Stephen Thistlewood)
7. Illustrated List No. 31, January 1936, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
8. Illustrated List No. 32, January 1938, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
9. Illustrated List No. 33, January 1940, courtesy of Victorian Pressed Glass
10. Collecting Glass Volume 2 by William Heacock

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