STOURBRIDGE'S acclaimed Ruskin Glass Centre is to host a Glass Evaluation Day on Saturday 25th January, and organisers would like to invite along anyone who has items they'd like given the once over by BBC expert Will Farmer.
Will, who will be familiar to viewers of the long-running Antiques Roadshow, is based at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge, and will be on hand between 10am and 2pm to host the valuation event, heading a team of local glass experts. So dig out your family heirlooms and take them along to the Ruskin centre for free evaluations.
Redhouse Glass Crafts will be available, providing a glass repair service, and Cut Glass Research, a specialist company who offer a glass matching service, will also be there. They are looking to buy unwanted suites of glassware, so if you have anything you no longer have room for that you think they may be interested in, take it along.
Also in attendance will be Amblecote History Society, providing historical information on the local glass industry.
One of the stars of the show will be a recently discovered collection of rare glassware engraved by William Kny, dating from around 1900. William was the son of Fredrick Ludwig Kny, one of the original Bohemian glass engravers who settled in Stourbridge in the 1850s.
William was one of Fredrick Kny's eleven children; four of whom became glass engravers and set up their own glass engraving company at The Platts on Brettell Lane, Stourbridge.
Eventually the brothers disbanded their company; at which point Ludwig junior began working at Stuart Crystal, while William took up a post at Webb Corbett as an engraver and went on to become a director in the company.
The collection of William Kny's work is owned by his granddaughter Margaret Tatler of Norton now 81 years old. She is pictured here with Will Farmer and a piece of William Kny's work, and also as a young girl with her grandfather.
Ian Dury, Glass Heritage Officer at the Webb Corbett Visitor Centre, told us, "I feel sure that every family in Stourbridge has, at some point in time, had a connection with the Crystal Industry.
"This event is a one-off chance for the general public to bring along family heirlooms and other items of glassware to be valued by an expert from BBC Antiques Roadshow, and it's free."
The Ruskin Glass Centre is on Wollaston Road, just outside Stourbidge town centre. Any donations made on the day will be put towards the restoration of the gravestones of John Northwood and Daniel Hancox.