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A vessel for serving sweetmeats, sweet food such as preserved or candied fruit and sugared cakes or nuts.
A pattern of spiraling vertical ribs made by inflating the parison in a dip mold with vertical ribs, withdrawing it, and twisting it before continuing to inflate. The pattern is also described as wrythen.
A group of matching objects comprising a sugar bowl, creamer, spoon holder, and butter dish.
(Italian) A square-ended knife used to shape or sculpt molten glass on the blowpipe.
A large receptacle constructed in a furnace for melting batch. Tanks, which were first used in antiquity, replaced pots in larger glass factories in the 19th century.
A tall, thin vessel for tapers. Tapers are long wicks coated with wax for use as a spill. Spill holder
(from Italian, “cup”) An ornamental dish or cup on a stemmed foot. Tazzas were generally made for drinking, for displaying fruit or sweetmeats, and as purely decorative objects.
A drop-shaped air bubble enclosed in a glass, usually in the stem.
(from Latin, “small square tablet or block”) A small piece of glass or other suitable material, used in the formation of mosaics.
The process of winding a thin trail of glass around an object to create the appearance of parallel lines. In 1876, W. J. Hodgetts of Stourbridge, England, patented a machine that produced very regular and closely spaced threads.