The Drunken Bricklayer, or Whitefriars pattern number 9673 is now undoubtably Geoffrey Baxter's most iconic and popular design for Whitefriars Glass, designed in 1966 and produced from 1967 to circa 1977 this vase is designed with three offset blocks that look to have been laid by a careless or 'drunken bricklayer'. The middle block of the three has a pattern of indentations that were made by protrusions in the mould. All the other sides of the vase have a textured surface apart from the base.
The layout and the pattern made by the indentations on the middle block is crucial when you are looking for a genuine drunken bricklayer as there are unfortunately many fakes and copies for sale nowadays.
The pattern shown in my photographs is the correct one, disregard any that do not match this. Some sellers claim to have bought the original moulds when Whitefriars closed in the early 1980's - you will note if you examine these copies that they carry a different pattern, and therefore could not have been made with the original moulds used to produce this and other genuine examples. The original mould was in fact purchased on the closure of Whitefriars by an individual who did produce some copies, signed under the second brick - also now collectable.
The rim of the vase should be rounded and smooth & glossy, not flat or ground down. The rim may be a little uneven, this is normal.
You should also take note of the colour, these vases were made in a variety of colours but all are strong colours and are cased in clear glass
(two layers of glass, coloured on the inside then a clear outer skin)
You must also look for a polished circular indentation (called a pontil or ponty mark) on the bottom of the vase, if it doesnt have one it is not a genuine drunken bricklayer, no matter what claims are made by the seller.