Minor Makers Unregistered Pressed Glass

Thomas Kidd & Co.
 
This company ran the Holt Town Glass Works, at Gibson Street, Bradford Road, Ancoats. They were known for their "Penny Glassware."  Their Queen Victoria bust in black is a well known piece, but they also made other figures such as bird glasses, fish, swans, cats & dogs.
 

 
3 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

Photo by David Willars




And another with the Thomas Kidd cat

Photo by Larry Wilson

 
 
 

 A black version of the Thomas Kidd cat

Photo by Larry Wilson

 
We know that Thomas Kidd made a dog figure but nobody is sure what it looks like.
However this particular model below has been seen a few times and it looks a good candidate.
Additionally, this piece was bought in the Manchester area - which ups the chances of it coming from a Manchester factory considerably

Photo by David Willars




Photo by David Willars




Just to confuse things further, we have a photo of a cat which looks like a companion piece to the dog.
Could this also be by Thomas Kidd?

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1888 - silver wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales

Thanks to Roy for the photo






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

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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

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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

Photo by David Willars