Derbyshires Unregistered Pressed Glass

n the mid 1870s John Derbyshire registered several human and animal figures. There are several other designs which were unregistered but bear the JD anchor mark used by the firm.  Additionally, there are unmarked pieces which are commonly attributed to John Derbyshire. 
 
Thanks to Roy for all the photos on this page, except where specified.
 
Punch & Judy 
 
Perhaps the best known unregistered John Derbyshire are the Punch & Judy figures. They were made in a variety of colours.  A frosted pair can be viewed at the Manchester Art Gallery glass exhibit, and a ruby pair are also known. 
 
Two Punch Examples

 
The same model of Judy from two sides


Very rare opaque green version - photo by Larry Wilson



Amber version - photo by Larry Wilson


 
Dog
 
This dog design is mentioned in Colin R Lattimore's book from 1979, "English 19th Century Press-Moulded Glass."  Lattimore judges it as "almost certainly from the Derbyshire works", and that is still the theory today.
 

 


Rare amber version - photos by Larry Wilson



Black & White versions - photo by Larry Wilson



 
The Cross Paws Lion
 
A variation of their registered lion figure from 1874, this one is unregistered but bears the JD anchor mark.
 
Photo by Derek Glenn

Photo by Larry Wilson

 
 
Queen Victoria
 
There is a design of a standing Queen Victoria thought to be by John Derbyshire.  There is an example in oily yellow glass which can be seen in a colour plate from Lattimore's book.
 
Photo by Larry Wilson

 
Old Cross with Vine Decoration
 
This one has the JD anchor mark
 
Photo by Larry Wilson

 
 
Pickle Jar
 
This bears the JD anchor mark
Photo by Larry Wilson

 
 
Salt
 
This bears the JD anchor mark and the number 308
Photo by Larry Wilson
(also shows pickle jar with lid off)

 
 
John Bull
 
There is an example of a John Bull design in clear glass in Lattimore's book.  He dates it to circa 1875 and it is commonly thought to be a John Derbyshire piece.


Photo by Larry Wilson

This is the clear version but there is also a frosted version known



Flint Glass Tableware

The JD mark can also be found on some unregistered pieces of tableware.

Photo sent in by Fred Cooper
Etched ferns on a celery glass


 

Goblet 246
Thanks to Paul S from the Glass Message Board for the photos





Fern decorated drinking vessel with JD anchor mark and pattern number 249
Inscribed "Love the Giver"
Photo by Mike Nott





Goblet with JD anchor mark and pattern number 256
Photo sent in by Fred Cooper






Half-pint tumbler with JD anchor mark and pattern number 88
Photo by Matt Farrar





Goblet with JD anchor mark - no pattern number
Photo sent in by Fred Cooper




Celery with JD anchor mark - no pattern number
Photo sent in by Fred Cooper




Butter dish with JD anchor mark - no pattern number
Photo sent in by Fred Cooper