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London-related pantograph templates

Since I have been asking "everybody" to be on the lookout for special glasses for a couple of days now, I realize it is time to try to show some pictures of what I am after.

These pictures were taken for me to be able to identify the plates, so they are not the best quality for publishing.
Be that as it is: here are pictures, such as they are, of all (I think) London-related pantograph templates.

To the right is a scan of a picture from a book, showing an exampe of a glass for Hotel Cecil.
It is probable that all glasses were of the same general type, ie simple stemware wine glasses, probably on the small side (to us).
As the Cecil glass only has one logotype, another guess can be that they all only hold one logo. (The pantograph can make several copies of a pattern around the glass).

We do not know the exact period: we think the pantograph was operational at about 1880 - 1890. It was used up to the 1980ies.
Hotel Cecil was, according to Wikipedia, in operation between about 1895 to 1917.
We also know that The Ritz, opened in 1906, had a different logo from the beginning (and I haven't, yet, found out when it was changed).

These two facts are, of course, totally unrelated - the reason they are here is that one might think that one place acquired etched glasses, word went out, another place ordered... and it soon became high fashion for any serious hotel or resturant to have their own glasses.
My guess would be that most of these glasses are from well before 1930, and thet they were of no importance to their contemporaries: yet another advertisement.

Here they come, in some sort of alphabetical order:
The Albion Hotel
The Berkeley
Hotel Cecil
Claridge's
Restaurant Frascati
Junior Army & Navy Club
New Gallery
Princes Restaurant
Ritz Hotel
Savoy Hotel
Scott's
Whitehall court
First published 2016-05-17