Thomas Kidd & Co, Holt Town Glass Works

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Alexander Kenyon (1818-1895) was born in Lancashire, and the first owner of the Holt Town Glass Works that we know of, likely late 1860s to 1876.  In 1871 he was listed as a wine merchant in the Ardwick area of Manchester.  In 1881 he was a glass agent at Regent Road, Salford, where he continued to make mainly semi-industrial glass.
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A very simple vase design

This registration is a little mysterious in its timing. There is a "J Kidd" working at Percival & Vickers around the mid 1870s as the company secretary. Yet it is also thought Joseph Kidd (1854-1905) was a farmer on the 1881 census, but was pulled into the wider Kidd family involvement in the glass industry, after the death of his father in 1880. It is not clear if both are the same guy, but either way, this one belongs to the Kidd family, but not definitely to their family firm.
26 AUGUST 1876
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Described as an ornamental design for a frilled top for a lamp chimney

Henry Harmer Hunt (b1862) was a Flint Glass Works Manager on the 1911 census, living in the Bradford Road area of Manchester.  He married Annie Kidd, the child of Joseph Kidd (glass manufacturer) and Mary Haworth. He is buried in Manchester in the same grave plot as Joseph and Mary.
10 DECEMBER 1907
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Looks like a lemon juicer


photos by J-B Nizan

Unregistered Pieces - Flint Glass

Surviving advertisements show this company made a somewhat more eclectic mix of glassware. They feature lemon squeezers prominently, also potting pots, bird fountains, piano insulators, drawer knobs, electrical insulators, brawn moulds, pavement and ships lights, along with more standard tableware, which is described as "penny goods", and therefore at the cheap end of the market. We have examples below of a couple of pieces which match known glassware from the company.

Bird fountain



Unregistered Pieces - Commemoratives

There are three royal commemoratives undoubtedly by Thomas Kidd - plates from 1888 and 1897, and the highly collectable bust of Queen Victoria. They are also thought to be behind the 1894 plate celebrating the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, and more speculatively, the mid 1880s Chinese Gordon inkwell.

Chinese Gordon inkwell (mid 1880s ?) - a light bottle green version is also known

Photo by Kevin Collins

1888 - silver wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales

Thanks to Roy for the photo

Same plate in a different colour

 I am going to attribute the following plate celebrating the 1894 opening of the Manchester Ship Canal to Thomas Kidd.
The style is similar to the Queen Victoria plates, and it's the same shade of blue as one of the plates above.
There is also a clear flint version of this plate in the Manchester Art Gallery

Queen Victoria plate - identified from a Thomas Kidd advert dating to 1897

Like the Queen Victoria bust, the plate was reissued in 1901 after her death
Note the date marks to the left and right of the plate

Versions of the Queen Victoria bust
There is a fourth version known which was in clear glass, and a further one in dark amber.
The bust was reissued with "1901" stamped on the back after the death of Queen Victoria.

Photo by Larry Wilson

Dark Amber version

Unregistered Pieces - Penny Glassware

"How a Penny becomes a Pound" was the call on a Thomas Kidd advert from the late 1890s. The company produced a wide variety of cheap glass. This included animal shapes, such as dogs, cats, swans, and fish.  A considerable amount of effort has gone into trying to tie down the Thomas Kidd dog and cat designs in particular, based on style and colour. There is no firm conclusion yet, but here is a gallery of likely contenders.
Of the various cat models, this is thought by most to be from Thomas Kidd
Also known in blue
Current guess - THOMAS KIDD

Photo by Larry Wilson


This lazy mutt is of a similar style
Current guess - THOMAS KIDD

This piece was bought in the Manchester area - which is suggestive of a local attribution.
However a version in malachite is known, a colour most associated with factories from the North East
Also known in clear flint
Current guess - NORTHEAST

This cat would appear to match the dog above
It is known in 2 different sizes
Current guess - NORTHEAST

This poorly made dog is an unknown, but obviously cheap glassware

It is thought this small version of the Mr Punch figure (compared to the larger John Derbyshire model) may well be by Thomas Kidd
(also known in jet black)

Ultimately many of these attributions are the pooled thoughts of collectors who base their decisions on colours, style and workmanship of the pieces.
We may never have a firm answer!