English Pressed Glass 1870 - 1900

Most of the glass in this collection comes from this, the late Victorian period.


In the 1980s three books were published, English 19th Century Press-Moulded Glass by Colin Lattimore, The Peacock and the Lions by Sheilagh Murray and English Pressed Glass 1830-1900 by Raymond Slack. These spurred an interest in this kind of glass, and subsequently pushed up prices. The good news is that prices today are about the same as in the 1980s so now may be a good time to start collecting.


If you are interested in this type of glass, I would advise trying to find some of these books and others I have listed in the 'Books' page.


Also, here are some websites that can be visited for more information about this kind of glass:


English Pressed Glass

The Tyne & Wear Museum collection

Glass Queries Gallery (6, 10 and 12)


My name is Mike Tomlin and I have been collecting pressed glass, on and off, for nearly 40 years. As can be seen my main interest lies with the Sowerby factory, but I also collect 'classic' pieces from other the other manufacturers.


I am currently researching two areas of the Sowerby factory, the metal moulds used in the making of their pressed glass and the Sowerby Art Glass workshop which was responsible for Sowerby Venetian glass. If anyone has any information about the processes used in making the moulds or any of the mould-makers themselves, or any information at all about Sowerby Venetian glass I would be glad to hear from you.


I am always interested in anything to do with pressed glass, particularly any documents, pictures or pattern books especially from the Victorian era.


I also buy glass, as a collector not a dealer. I particularly like the small pieces by Sowerby, nursery rhyme, Queensware, unusual colours, anything rare and interesting.


If you have anything that you think might be of interest that you may want to sell, please contact me.


Conversely, if you have any queries about this kind of glass, I will see if I can help, again, please contact me.



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