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in matte black, each on a rectangular base with relief moulded columns rising to the recumbent Sphinx with eagle wings drawn back over the lion body, diamond registration mark for March 1876, moulded JD anchor mark 25cm wide

Footnote: John Derbyshire was based at the Regent Road Flint Glassworks in Salford and was best known for his series of animal and figural paperweights made in frosted, flint and coloured glass. Of these, the most desirable is the winged Theban Sphinx. The design, similar to another made by the Molineaux Webb factory, was registered on March 6, 1876 and made for perhaps just a year. Derbyshire, from a glassmaking family based in the Manchester area, used his own mark of an anchor superimposed on the letters JD between 1873-76.

Condition report: Some chipping around the foot rim to both, one more extensively than the other, the less chipped example with a cracks to base, light extremity chipping.

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