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Thomas Webb and Corbett

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August 1958.
December 1962.

of White House Glass Works at Wordsley, near Stourbridge (1897)

of Coalbournhill Glass Works, Stourbridge, West Midlands. (1922)

of Coalbournhill Glass Works, Stourbridge, West Midlands; and Tutbury Glass Works, Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Telephone: Stourbridge 186 and Tutbury 13. Cables: "Webb, Corbett, Stourbridge" and "Webb, Corbett, Tutbury". (1929)

1897 Thomas Webb and Corbett was founded by the brothers Thomas and Herbert Webb, sons of the nineteenth century glassmaker, Thomas Wilkes Webb and grandsons of Thomas Webb I, together with George Harry Corbett.

They took over the White House Glass Works at Wordsley, near Stourbridge.

The firm commenced business specialising in cut and engraved lead crystal.

1900 They had built up a considerable home and export business, especially with their polished rock crystal engraving, which found a ready market in the United States.

1904 Thomas Webb and Corbett Ltd, White House Glass Works, Wordsley, Stourbridge,[1].

1906 Thomas Webb and Corbett acquired Tutbury Glass Works near Burton-on-Trent, and G H Corbett became manager. Herbert Webb (1871-1946) became chairman and managing director of Thomas Webb and Corbett[2].

1911 Walter E. Guest replaced G. H. Corbett as manager of Tutbury Glassworks.

1911 Corbett and Co established at Tutbury, glass manufacturers; is there a connection???

1912 Thomas Webb and Corbett Ltd, White House Glass Works, Wordsley, Stourbridge (Kingswinford), and Ludgate St, Tutbury[3].

1913/4 After a fire, moved to Coalbournhill Glass Works in Amblecote.

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of choicest engraved, intaglio, cut, etched and enamelled table, fancy and mounting Glassware; Hotel and Ship's glassware a speciality. (Stand Nos. G.23 and G.41)

1926 Reduction of capital[4].

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Finest Crystal Table and Fancy Glassware, Decorations in Cutting, Etching, Intaglio, Engraving and Enamel. Mounting glassware a speciality. All markets catered for. (Stand No. F.3)

The original company name was Thomas Webb and Corbett Limited, and it was always a completely separate operation from Thomas Webb and Sons which later became Webb's Crystal Glass Co, another famous Stourbridge crystal glass company.

1953 Name changed to Webb Corbett Ltd

1961 Established a production unit at Builth Wells, in order to attract more apprentices[5].

1969 The company was taken over by Royal Doulton company.

1986 They stopped using the Webb Corbett name. Glass from the former Webb Corbett glassworks was then produced under the name Royal Doulton Crystal until this glassworks closed down.

Most of the Webb Corbett output has always been high quality tableware and vases. Cut and engraved lead crystal glass is its most well-known product.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1904
  2. Webb and Corbett [1]
  3. Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1912
  4. The Times, 1 December 1926
  5. The Times, 8 September 1961