Lead glass

Lead glass

Lead glass

Glass that contains a high percentage of lead oxide (at least 20 percent of the batch). In modern times, glass of this type was patented in 1674 by George Ravenscroft (1632-1683), who added a larger amount of lead in 1676. Lead glass is relatively soft, and its refractive index gives a brilliance that may be exploited by covering the surface with polished wheel-cut facets. Such glass is often known by the term “lead crystal.”