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James A. Jobling and Co

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May 1931. Weardale.
April 1935.
1951. Pyrex.
November 1963. Pyrosil.

of Wear Flint Glass Works, Sunderland. (1922)

of Wear Glass Works, Millfield, Sunderland. Telephone: Sunderland 903. Cables: "Greener, Sunderland 903". (1929)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Sunderland 2882-3-4. Cables: "Greener, Sunderland". Also at Rooms 455-6, 329 High Holborn, London, WC1. Telephone: Holborn 7904. (1947)

See James Augustus Jobling

See Pyrex

1906 Fire at the works of James A. Jobling, St. Anthonys, known as the Tyne Oil and Grease Works.[1]

1910 'James A. Jobling, the principal proprietor of Greener and Co.’s Glass Works, Sunderland'[2]

1921 Incorporated as a private company to acquire a glass company (presumably Greener and Co) established in Sunderland in 1859[3]

1922 Started manufacturing Pyrex under licence from Corning Glass Works of New York

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Pressed Glass Tableware (Domestic and Hotel), Lenses for Railways, Torch Lenses, Advertising Glassware. (Stand No. G.49) [4]

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Pyrex Ovenware; Pyrex Laboratory Glassware; Pyrex Lighting Ware; Pyrex Insulators; Pyrex Gauge Glasses. Domestic Table Glassware; Lenses; Tumblers; Pavement Lights; Advertising Novelties. (Stand No. G.31) [5]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

Post-WWII. British Glass, just after the Second World War, was produced in vast quantities and exported around the world.

This period in Britain, 1945-1955, was dominated by the concepts of utility, austerity, economy, and efficiency that had arisen during the war years (1939-45). "Rationing" - the system of limiting how much each family was allowed to buy and regulating this through the use of coupons, continued until 1952.

Glass manufacturers were encouraged to export their glass, but not allowed freedom to sell what they wished in Britain. There was a great deal of Government regulation of design and production through bodies like the Board of Trade and the Council for Industrial Design.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Pyrex Brand Glassware, Lighting Ware, Laboratory Ware, Pipe Lines, Ovenware, Flint Glass Lenses and Domestic Glassware. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1148) [6]

1950 Thomas Tilling acquired a 60 percent interest in the company from Pilkington Brothers who continued to hold a minority stake[7]

1951, the "Festival of Britain" was put on in London as the showcase for British achievement, and a display of British glass was included in the "Britain Can Make It" Exhibition that formed part of the Festival. However, the popular retort of "Britain can't have it" underlined the situation.

The period 1945-55 was the last decade for many of Britain's major pressed glass producers, especially those from the North East of England.

1953 Q. V. F. was formed by Quickfit and Quartz (51 percent) and James A. Jobling and Co (49 percent). QVF handled the marketing of glass pipeline made by Joblings[8]

1954 A 40% shareholding in the Wear Flint Glass Works, operated by Joblings, was sold to the American glass company Corning.

1958 Joblings acquired Quickfit and Quartz Ltd, makers of laboratory and industrial glassware, from Triplex[9]

By 1961 the company was owned 60 percent by Thomas Tilling and 40 percent by Corning Glass Works of New York[10].

1961 Incorporated as a public company[11]. Products marketed as Pyrex and Hysil.

1964 Acquired H. J. Elliott[12]

1966 Took over Brancepath Castle near Durham as its advanced research centre working on new uses of glass and new methods of producing it[13]

1970 Joblings ceased making fancy pressed glass.

1971 The process plant division gained a Queen's Award for Export[14]

1973 Acquired by Corning in order to achieve the necessary scale in technical development and support[15]

1975 Changed name to Corning Ltd[16]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Newcastle Evening Chronicle - Monday 02 April 1906
  2. Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Friday 14 January 1910
  3. The Times Aug 28, 1961
  4. 1922 British Industries Fair p42
  5. 1929 British Industries Fair p91
  6. 1947 British Industries Fair p149
  7. The Times, Mar 06, 1950
  8. The Times, Sep 25, 1958
  9. The Times, Aug 13, 1958
  10. The Times, Aug 25, 1961
  11. The Times, Aug 28, 1961
  12. The Times, Jul 07, 1964
  13. The Times, Sep 06, 1966
  14. The Times, Apr 21, 1971
  15. The Times, May 12, 1973
  16. The Times, Dec 04, 1975
  • [1] The Glass Museum Online - British Glass After the War