In early August 2004 Clay wrote:
A recent eBay auction had The Old Bookshop, below left. I figured it was an early version of Fish and Chips without people, ie like The Clock Shop, below right. Then I noticed two things:
So are there 3 moulds of this? F&C (people), Clock Shop (rounded no people) - Old Bookshop (straight - no people - no window in roof)?
With or without people, the earliest models of London Small Shop had no window in the roof, straight lintels over the windows and a drainpipe, as seen in The Old Bookshop above left.
The buildings without people eventually had rounded lintels, no drainpipe and a dormer window projecting from the slope of the roof as shown in The Clock Shop above right.
Above left: an original Fish & Chips with the early blue trim.
Above right: the current Fish & Chips. Always with people, later versions kept the straight lintels and drainpipe but a skylight was inserted in the roof slope. At first the queue was cast separately and added with glaze, but after a couple of years it was an integral part of the mould. At some point Fish & Chips got a modelled wall plaque.
Above left: Post Office with pillar box added.
Above right: Roding Arts (No 1) LP50: In 2000 fifty old bisques were found in the workshop. They were like Fish & Chips with straight lintels, drainpipe, skylight and central plaque. But the front was fully modelled so people couldn't be added.
Karen D replied:
Marilyn, you have definitely cheered me up now! I have just been to look at my “F&C” and it must be an early one, as it has a dormer window, no drainpipe, and the people have been stuck on. It was one of my earlier purchases, mainly because you can’t live in Yorkshire and NOT have a fish and chip shop in your street!
Karen subsequently emailed a photo:
It actually looks like a Small Shop model shown as the PO and Clock Shop above - haven't seen that as F&C before... nor have I seen yellow curtains on it!
Clay then added:
Based on recent emails and photos, there appear to be seven elements involved:
The variations can be seen in the following:
|Fish & Chips||x||x||x||x||x||few|
|Roding Arts LP50||x||x||x||x||x|
From Marilyn on 9th December 2006:
Roof Bevel* is a recent variant which can be seen in Santa's Workshop LP50 on the Harvey Weston 2006 event page. It started life as a mistake when a corner got knocked off a Fish & Chips roof at the greenware stage.
Hazle thought it would make an interesting variation for the Santa piece (issued in 2004) but it has been used for some Fish & Chips too. Instead of grinding down the edges, nowadays a glass worker at Barleylands uses a machine that cuts through fired bisques like butter!
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