The End of Gray-Stan
It is not known exactly why the company closed in 1936 but the successful export market dried up following the 1929 Wall Street crash. The firm was probably experiencing financial difficulties, but Mrs Graydon-Stannus may also have simply lost interest. She had no further involvement in glass production and died in 1961.
Gray-Stan is an unusual story in history of British glass-making – the contrasting products of antique reproductions and modern art glass, the small team of skilled workmen with a woman at the helm, the small scale production that was still commercially viable. During this period very few factories produced art glass that has stood the test of time but Gray-Stan is one of those few.