Webb & Sons employed around 70 engravers at its peak in the 1880s. The best and most talented worked under the supervision of brothers Thomas and George Woodall on the Gem Cameo, or “Woodall”, team. Thomas Woodall (English, 1849–1925) and George Woodall (English, 1850–1925) were first employed at Webb & Sons around 1874. George was a talented carver, who often worked alone on projects, while Thomas assumed the role of designer and supervisor. They reportedly worked in a converted storeroom in the rear of the Webb facility at Dennis Hall to prevent theft and promote secrecy. The Gem Cameo team produced a wide range of carved, gilded, and enameled objects including vases, scent bottles, candlesticks, tazzas, and cups. Many pieces made by this prestigious group of glass artists are identified by the inscription “Gem Cameo.”
Harry A. Davies (English, 1862–1937) was member of the Gem Cameo team. He appears in an 1891 photograph with other members of the “Woodall Team” working on the five-layered Great Tazza (92.2.8), but little else is known about him. Scent bottle 2016.2.15 is the only known work signed by him as well as the only known signed cameo scent bottle from the 19th century.
Signed: “HAD”, carved in water below swan
Published: Grover and Grover (previous), pp. 265, figure C211. For references, see previous.