John Blades, glass maker to King George III was one of the leading glass makers at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. He is first recorded in 1783 trading from premises at 5 Ludgate Hill, where he continued in business until his death in 1829 ( cf. Howard Coutts, 'London Cut-Glass, The Work of John Blades and Messrs. Jones,' Antique Collecting, vol. 22, NO.2, June 1987, pp.22-24).
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