Bon Bon & New Bon Bon

Dates produced

1986-1993. There was an attempt to reintroduce Bon Bon in 1996 or later (the exact date is currently unknown) but apparently was not successful.

Designers

Michael, Elizabeth and Timothy Harris

Colourways

Bon Bon

  • Candyfloss (1986 only; pink and white stripes)
  • Humbug (1986 only; black and off-white to ochre stripes)
  • Peppermint (1986 only; green and white stripes)

New Bon Bon

  • Allsorts (1987-1993; black or brown base glass with multicoloured spots).
  • Humbug (1987-1988; opaque white body with a network of black lines, with either a black rim, i.e. Humbug Black, or a white rim, i.e. Humbug White)
  • Liquorice (1988-1993; white in the upper half and a network of black lines in the lower half, with a black rim or stopper)
  • Sherbet (1987-1988; translucent white body with a network of black lines, with either a black rim, i.e. Sherbet Black, or a white rim, i.e. Sherbet White)

Trial Reintroduction of Bon Bon

  • Humbug Trial (1996 or later (dates uncertain); black and off-white to ochre stripes, with added gold leaf)

Examples

Bon Bon

Candyfloss

Bon Bon Candyfloss small round perfume bottle, 6 cm diameter

Small round perfume bottle, 6 cm diameter, 8.5 cm high.

Bon Bon Candyfloss cylinder perfume bottle, 17.4 cm tall with stopper, 3.6 cm diameter

Cylinder perfume bottle, 17.4 cm tall with stopper, 3.6 cm diameter. Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.


Humbug

Bob Bon Humbug cylinder vase, 17.4 cm high, 3.7 cm diameter

Bob Bon Humbug cylinder vase, 17.4 cm high, 3.7 cm diameter. Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.

Bob Bon Humbug pin dish, 11.8 cm diameter

Bon Bon Humbug pin dish, 11.8 cm diameter, 3.5 cm high. There is a very distinctive iridescent sheen, as can be seen in the photograph. The dish is very heavy for its size, with the glass being approximately 2 cm thick at the base. This was not a standard item in the range. No other example is known.


Peppermint

Bob Bon Peppermint cylinder vase, 17 cm high

Cylinder vase, 17 cm high. Based on how often they come up for sale, Peppermint is by far the rarest of the three Bon Bon colourways.


New Bon Bon

Allsorts

Bon Bon Allsorts square perfume bottle, 10 cm high

Bon Bon Allsorts square perfume bottle, 10 cm high.

Bob Bon Allsorts bowl made for the Japanese market, 7.5 cm high

Bob Bon Allsorts bowl made for the Japanese market, 7.5 cm high. These pieces have a clear base glass as opposed to the black or brown glass used for the rest of the world (verified by Ron Wheeler). Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.


New Bon Bon Humbug

New Bob Bon Humbug White narrow-mouthed cylinder vase, 9 cm high, 8 cm diameter

New Bob Bon Humbug White narrow-mouthed cylinder vase, 9 cm high, 8 cm diameter.

New Bob Bon Humbug narrow-mouthed cylinder vase close up

Close up of the narrow-mouthed cylinder vase to show the network of black lines and the opaque white body.

New Bob Bon Humbug White bowl, 8.7 cm high, 15 cm diameter

New Bon Bon Humbug White bowl, 8.7 cm high, 15 cm diameter.

New Bob Bon Humbug paperweight, 6 cm diameter

New Bon Bon Humbug paperweight, 6 cm diameter. This must be a candidate for the least attractive paperweight IOWSG have ever produced! But because few people bought it, it is a rare item.

New Bob Bon Humbug Black globe vase, 10 cm tall

Bob Bon Humbug Black globe vase, 10 cm tall. The shape was not standard in the Bon Bon range. Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.


Liquorice

Bob Bon Liquorice small square perfume bottle, 4.5 cm diameter

Small square perfume bottle, 8.5 cm high, 4.5 cm diameter. It was made 1989-1990 only.


Sherbet

Bob Bon Sherbet small cylinder vase, 13.5 cm high

Small cylinder vase, 13.5 cm high, 5 cm diameter.

Bob Bon Sherbet small cylinder vase close up

Close up of the small cylinder vase to show the network of black lines and the translucent body.


Trial Reintroduction of Bon Bon

Humbug Trial

Trial Reintroducion of Bob Bon Humbug cylinder vase, 17.4 cm high

This cylinder vase is almost identical to the original Humbug introduced in 1986, except that there is added gold leaf. The vase is 17.4 cm high. Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.

Bob Bon Sherbet small cylinder vase close up

The base of the reintroduced Humbug trial vase, signed 'Timothy Harris Isle of Wight Glass England 20', with the paper label that was first used in 1996. The number indicates that there are at least 20 examples of this vase in existence. Apparently a full reintroduction of Bon Bon never materialised. Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.


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