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Author Topic: Can you still buy England's Glory matches? Or have they silently faded away?  (Read 14484 times)

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I just found a donkey's-years-old box of real England's Glory matches (still complete with
live matches) at an old pipe-smoker friend of mine's house this afternoon.



Memories flooded back.

What happened to these colourful little bits of England every schoolboy pyromaniac used to
swear by?

Not just of England's Glory but also of Captain Webb's matches (he of the English Channel).



Are they still available or no longer produced?

They were both made by Bryant & May if my memory is still working on one cylinder.

"I live in hope"

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You can indeedy - according to Wiki

"The product was originally made in Gloucester  by S.J. Moreland and Sons, who became a subsidiary of Bryant and May in 1913, although full ownership by Bryant and May only came in 1938.[1]

Consolidation of match production within Great Britain led to Bryant and May's matches being made at Garston in Liverpool, London and Glasgow. England's Glory then became a Brand Name for matches made at Bryant and May's Garston factory which were sold mainly in the North of England and the Midlands.[1] The matches made in Glasgow were marketed in Scotland as Scottish Bluebell matches.[1]

Bryant and May themselves ceased to exist in the 1980s but England's Glory matches are still manufactured in Sweden by the company Swedish Match."

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Oops, missed out Captain Webb - info on them from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/2292796/A-hundred-years-of-sport-and-advertising.html

"Captain Webb matches stayed in production from the mid-1880s until a couple of decades ago.

Not that Webb himself can be said to have benefited from the publicity.

He died in 1883 attempting a bold crossing of the Niagara River just below the Falls.

This was eight years after he became the first man to swim the English Channel.

The first matches appeared posthumously."
« Last Edit: 13 July, 2010, 07:59:21 PM by Hiheels »

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Thank you H but...The Swedish Match company?

Shades of Rolls Royce, Jaguar and HP Sauce!

Is nowt sacred?

Good to know that England's Glory matches are still made.

I may order a container load or even persuade my local offie to
start stocking them.

So there will always be some part of a foreign shop counter that is
forever England...

Every little helps, as these marketing gonzos say.
"I live in hope"

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Side bar ~ The original Moreland match factory closed in 1976 (a result of the "consolidation" record by Heels). However, the area and electoral ward in Gloucester where they were located was renamed Moreland (previously known as Linden)

May sound over-the-top for such a small industry but the Moreland factory was producing fifty million matches each day in the 1960s.
http://www.livinggloucester.co.uk/made/match_making/first_factory/

Shame about the "cracker" joke though!
« Last Edit: 13 July, 2010, 11:06:13 PM by AtMyWitzEnd »

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The Swedish Match company?
Is nowt sacred?
Seems not ... The Swedish Match Company also manufacture the "Swan Vesta" smokers matches. They do seem to own the WORLD match markets though. They're not daft though, they are also a key player in disposable lighters, with Cricket as its leading brand.
http://www.swedishmatch.com/en/Our-company/Company-history/Swedish-Match-AB/



  

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Shame about the "cracker" joke though!

Terrible joke but a really brilliant site if you are interested in graphics of
the everyday.

Shame England's Glory took of the slogan "Buy Home Made Goods" off the front of their
matchboxes. That'd have stuffed the Swedes whisl

Further down the site is this sterling silver 1904 matchcase which I can only attach
as a foot pic...

I want one!

Original pic and info link...

http://www.livinggloucester.co.uk/search/collection/results/?id=LG00578c.jpg

And they did have some pretty good 'cracker' jokes such as this one below. Quite deep for
a box of matches.
« Last Edit: 13 July, 2010, 11:56:36 PM by P-Kasso »
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Here's a pic of a recent box I just happened to have lying around....

Definitely made in Sweden.

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Here's a pic of a recent box I just happened to have lying around....

Definitely made in Sweden.

What happened to the good old graphics!

Dummed down and out - it is good to see the brand still living but what a
shame they let the managing director's three year old kid redesign it.

I know some pretty appropriate Swedish words that sum up my feelings.

Why can't people who spend fortunes buying a historic company ever leave things alone?

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Thanks PK ... can't belive I've spent most of the night reading about matches!

Here's a spot of Trivia (I know you were wondering about this) The England's Glory brand of matches was introduced in 1871, the year of the launching of the battleship HMS Devastation, which is portrayed on the box. At least they've kept that on the new design.

HMS Devestation was the first British battleship to do away entirely with sail power. The use of turreted guns, which needed free arcs of fire unblocked by masts and rigging, and improvements in the reliability of steam engines brought about this development. Still had central mast with a crows next though ... no radar yet!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Devastation_(1871)

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What happened to the good old graphics!

Dummed down and out - it is good to see the brand still living but what a
shame they let the managing director's three year old kid redesign it.


From this old design from Bryant & May, it looks like that poor child is innocent! They must have thought it better to use this highly coloured version, especially as a lot of sales now are for the large boxes.
« Last Edit: 14 July, 2010, 08:46:22 AM by AtMyWitzEnd »

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Hi, i just joined the forum.
I was on another forum talking about Englands Glory matches and decided to check availability in the UK.
You can still get them from a UK wholesale outlet called "Dee Bee", they come in packs of 100 boxes though.
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hi there,i have found some original england's glory matches made in england with greek letters for the greek market,with the old good graphics.if anyone may interest can contact with me.