Category Archives: stem vases

Whitefriars 9566 stem bud vases

I have recently started collecting a new variety of stem bud vases which I love. They were made by the British company Whitefriars between 196o and 1980 I believe, until the company closed in 1980. I love their uniformity and classic elegance, I think they look modern despite their age, and I just love the fact they’re British as most of my other stem bud vases are most probably made in Europe. The pattern number of this vase is 9566 and so far I believe it comes in 10 colour as follows (message me if you know of more!):

  1. Artic Blue
  2. Ocean Green
  3. Twilight
  4. Flint (clear)
  5. Silver
  6. Aqua
  7. Gold or Amber
  8. Tangerine
  9. Kingfisher blue/dark blue
  10. Sky Blue

I think I have found the first 8 of these colours though it’s hard to tell if my 3 orange ones are different? i.e. I think 2 are Tangerine and 2 are gold? My aqua one had a bad chip. And I haven’t found the last 2 colours yet. I’ve also heard rumours of 2 other colours on glass forums, but seen no evidence to suggest these additional colours were ever produced before the factory closed in 1980.

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Growing stem / bud bubble vase collection

My stem/bud bubble vase collection has been growing recently. I only collect clear stem vases apart from one particular design which is a teardrop design. I find it fascinating how many shapes and sizes and colour variations the vases come in. As you call tell, I’m trying to collect all colours. Purples seem to be the rarest colour.

I moved house earlier this year, I don’t have anywhere to put them yet, so thought I would pull them out of their moving boxes and see how many I have. Next year I will hopefully design some shelfs especially for the vases.

This Summers Dahlias (2014) – Tiny to Huge!

Here are some of the Dahlias growing in my garden this summer.

These include Strawberry Ice Dinner Plate Dahlia (the largest pink Dahlia), Firebrand Cactus (Orange), Natal pompom and Purple Gem.

I think the Dahlias, Stem Bud vases and glass shelf make the perfect combination for the summer.

New Window Shelf for Bubble Stem Bud Vases

As my Bubble Stem/Bud Vase collection has recently expanded, my husband suggested getting a window shelf. I wasn’t sure at first as I hadn’t seen one before. I did some research on the internet and found one or two example which you can see at the bottom of this post.

We decided to buy a bespoke made one from Cheadle Glass in Greater Manchester for less than £50. There was a few hitches with the order but we picked it up today and my husband fitted it. I love it – it shows on my stem vases beautifully – so a great gift from my husband 🙂

Here is my window shelf and my Stem Vase Collection.

Some other Window Shelf ideas I found on the internet:

Single flower stems, Stem Vases and test tubes

I love single stem flowers and before my wedding I investigated loads of options. I came across green vintage bottles, single stem bud vases, bubble vases and test tube racks.

Being a scientist, the test tubes rack appealed to me 🙂

I also started collecting stem bud bubble vases which you can see from my previous post here:

https://stunningdahlias.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/bud-stem-bubble-vase-collection-increasing/

What’s your favourite way to display your flowers?