Royal Brierley Heritage

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A rich heritage spanning 300 years and 15 generations has made Royal Brierley the most prestigious name in English lead crystal. The quality and craftsmanship associated with this famous name have long been recognised by the unique distinction of two Royal Warrants of appointment as the Royal British glassmakers.

Principally, the company has grown under the guidance of three families - the De Henzels, Honeybornes and latterly, the Silvers.

It was during Joseph Silver's period of control, that the company leased the Moor Lane Glasshouse at Briar Lea Hill. His daughters married William Stevens and Samuel Cox-Williams who took control of the business in 1847. The company became known as the Stevens and Williams Glassworks.

Over the years, the company has attracted the brightest and best of creative artists and craftsmen; their skill and the beauty of the crystal they have created are appreciated throughout the world.

Men of the stature of John Northwood, his eldest son Harry, Joshua Hodgetts, Joseph Keller, James Hill, Frank Schreibner and W.O. Bowen have all made their contributing mark and this fine heritage continues to this very day with our current team of designers and craftsmen.

The collection includes items made famous under the Stevens & Williams brand which have been lovingly re-created by today's designers, as limited editions to inspire collectors of fine art world-wide.

Many of our creations have become quality museum pieces. The trading name Stevens and Williams was used until the1930's when the company became Royal Brierley Crystal to signify its appointment as the Royal British Glassmakers.

Our innovation and design skills have set Royal Brierley apart from other manufacturers. As a prime influencer in the development of glassmaking, we have always been able to attract the most creative of designers and skilled craftsmen.