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- Our pantograph
- Our guilloché machines
- Pictures from a pattern book
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- Our semi-automatic bottle machine
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An old notebook

found in a box containing pantograph paraphernalia was full of notes and rubbings of etched glasses.
Unfortunately, the book had lived in a too humid environmnet for too long: the glue of many of the rubbings had given in, and some of the writing had become blotched.

Some rubbings were in their right places. Beside the glued-in pieces are hand-written notes - some understandable, such as the names of the "sets": Pall Mall, Joel among others.

There are examples of both pantographed and guilloché patterns.

For the guilloché patterns there are long lists of numbers and dots, "ring nr 12" and other hard-to-understand words and characters.
Our best guess it that these represent "recipes" for obtaining the patterns: which rings, cog wheels etc are to be mounted in a guilloché machine to get this specific pattern.
These "recipes" are probably written for a gulloché machine like the one we call our "big" one. We believe that because the numbers for the gears and for the (supposed) cogwheels often tally with the actual gears and cogwheels we found in a box under the big machine.
The word "ring&quor; is fairly frequent in the recipes, and the big machine has a ring. We only have one ring, and we do not know how it could be changed.
Read more about our guilloché machines here.

Unfortunately, it doesn't mean we understand where (and how) the gears nad wheels are to be mounted...

page from the book
We have chosen a well-known guilloché pattern, Pall Mall, as an example.

Transcript, as good as possible:

Kanna Pall Mall. 120 - 30.       Jug Pall Mall

Pall Mall
1. 80 - 2. 40 - 3. 16 (?)
Ring. 6
Clarets Pall mall. 2 växlar som går       2 gears going
direkt till brickan(?) 1.100 - 2.25 - 3.50       directly to the tray(?)
4.65 - 5 - 20 minsta hjulet       smallest wheel
Sherris hjul 2,20, 3,30
Sts(?). 91. 25 cl. o. jämnställda       Sts.(?) 25 cl and similar
1.80 - 2.28 - 3.90
1.80 - 2.60 - 3.76
ring 12

My comments:
The "Sts." above - could it be Ets (as in etsning, etching)?

examples of Pall Mall
Pall Mall was a very big service (80 pieces, according to one source – including jugs, carafes, bowls, mustard pots...), sold all over the British Empire, often by Woolworths.
It has a guilloch&eqcute; border at the top, and a simple criss-cross cutting at the bottom.
It was in production for a long time, from the end of the 19th C until about the 1960ies.
It was produced in many parts of Europe.
We do not know if all parts were produced in Sweden.
The Pall Mall service was probably made by several glassworks in Sweden; Reijmyre, Eda, Kosta, Sandvik have been mentioned.
Probably Reijmyre was the first Swedish glassworks to make it, starting about 1900. When the sales cooperation "De svenska kristallglasbruken" (The Swedish Crystal glassworks was constituted the production seems to have been shared by several glassworks.

According to Nisbeth-Fogelberg Reijmyre glasbruk the Pall Mall series was the most profitable of all series exported to Great Britain during the period 1922-1925. During that period Reijmyre deliverd 25000 (twentyfive thousand) Pall Mall glasses per month.
When Reijmyre was closed down in 1926, Eda "inherited" the production. (read more on the page about etching machines in Sweden.

Another example, where the rubbing is still in the correct place


Einar 1.202,403,76
Aqvarellapparaten (the water colour machine – we do not know what that means... )
1.40 2. 120 3. 60