All About Glass

All About Glass

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Depictions of Glassmaking in Diderot’s Encyclopédie
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Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert published their much acclaimed Encyclopédie in Paris from 1751 to 1765. To illustrate their entries, they commissioned several hundred engraved images depicting artistic crafts and common trades in preindustrial France. Since pictorial representations of

A Recently Discovered Cage Cup
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This paper describes and discusses a late Roman cage cup that appeared on the market in 1986 and was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1987. 1 The hemispherical glass cup has metal fittings which indicate that, at the time of burial, it was meant to be suspended. This raises the

Byzantine Silver Stain: Another Example?
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In last year's Journal of Glass Studies [Vol. 42], Mark T. Wypyski and the present authors described a fragmentary vessel decorated with silver stain, and concluded that it is Byzantine and of about the 10th century. 1 We compared the fragment with the celebrated bowl with painted ornament in

Roman Glass Boats
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This note discusses the function of a group of Roman glass models of boats. Six boats are known. They were found at Pompeii (two examples, including Fig. 1), 1 Palombara in Sabina, 2 Aquileia 3 and Santa Elena di Melma near Treviso in ltaly, 4 and St. Aldegund near Koblenz in Germany. 5 All of the

The Transition from Natron to Plant Ash in the Levant
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The basic components of early glasses were soda, lime, and silica. In the Mediterranean region and Western Asia, these three components were usually introduced in the form of two ingredients: either natron (soda) and sand containing shell fragments (silica and lime), or ash derived from halophytic

The Date of the Glass from Karanis
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Today, more than 60 years after its publication, Donald B. Harden's monograph on the glass from Karanis 1 is still one of the most frequently cited sources of information on the glass of Roman Egypt. The quantity of objects found at the site and their excellent state of preservation provided

René Lalique
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Glass is a wonderful substance. Everything makes it an incomparable plastic medium in the hands of an ingenious artist, offering his imagination and talent almost limitless scope for discovery. ―René Lalique 1 From 1884, when his first jewelry designs were displayed at the Musée du Louvre, until

Macbeth "Pearl Glass" and "Pearl Top" lamp glasses: catalogue no. 78.
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Macbeth-Evans Glass Company, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 54152 Pittsburgh, Pa.: Macbeth-Evans Glass Company, [n.d., 1905-1920?] 108 p.: ill.; 20 cm. F-3130LG Includes an index which tells what lamps and burners each chimney is for. Clearwater LG0139 Catalog is in poor condition with many loose and

Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis
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Richard Marquis, a self-described glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. As an artist, he is admired for his understanding of color and form as well as for his humor

The art of glassmaking, 1751-1772; a portfolio of prints from the Diderot encyclopedia.
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Diderot, Denis, 1713-1784. Corning Glass Center. Corning Museum of Glass. 67353 [Corning, N.Y.: Corning Glass Center, n.d., 1960-70?] 1 leaf, 6 plates in portfolio: ill.; 29 x 38 cm. T9 Exterior and interior of a wood burning factory; mixing the batch & making a goblet; steps involved in the

E.F. Holbrook & Bros., manufacturers of ornamental glass for railway cars, dwellings, churches, &c, &c, &c.: Also importers of French window, railway, picture, polished, and rough plate glass.
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E.F. Holbrook & Bros., New York, NY, USA. 53661 Illustrated catalogue of ornamental glass New York: E. F. Holbrook & Bros, [n.d., 1874] (New York: Chas. Hart) [3] p.: 29 plates; 24 x 27 cm. Flat glass: Holbrook, E.F., & Bros., New York, NY, USA. (F-154F) "We take pleasure in

[Leaded glass for domestic and ecclesiastical work].
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W.J. McPherson (Firm), Boston, MA, USA. 53725 Microfiche header: Decoration. Boston, Mass.: W.J. McPherson (Firm), [1888] (Providence, R.I.: Livermore & Knight) [14] p.; 16 x 25 cm. Flat glass: McPherson, W.J., Boston, MA, USA. (F-186F) Copyright date on front of catalog may possibly be 1858 or

Memorials in glass and stone.
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Tiffany Studios (New York, N.Y.) 53794 New York: Tiffany Studios, c1913. [61] p.: plates; 22 cm. Tiffany Studios, New York, NY, USA. (F-1531F) Cover title. "This brochure is published as an advertising medium of our ecclesiastical department; to convey in text and illustrations some idea of

The illustrated London news.
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0019-2422 0019-2422 1350-9012 z 37162 London: William Little, 1842- v.: ill.; 30-43 cm. 2 no. a year, 1994- v. 1 (May 14, 1842)- Ceased with: Dec. 2003. AP4 Title from caption. Publisher varies. Latest isssue consulted: Dec. 2003. Vols. for <Jan. 3, 1948>-winter 1993 called also <v. 212,

Medieval Glassmaking in the Levant
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In 1973, a sponge diver reported the discovery of an underwater shipwreck at Serçe Limani on the south coast of Turkey, opposite Rhodes. The wreck was investigated by Professor George Bass, of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, between 1977 and 1979. His investigation revealed that part of the

Formen &amp; Preise von Glaserzeugnissen der Meyr&#039;schen Glasfabriken, Adolf &amp; Leonorenhein in Boehmen.
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Johann Meyr (Firm), Adolf, Bohemia. 53573 Additional title from p. [3]: Brillant geschliffene becher=Bicchieri arruotati brillantati Adolf, Bohemia: Meyr'schen Glasfabriken, [n.d., 1832-1841] (Prague: C. Hennig) [12] p.: ill. (some col.); 25 cm. Meyr, Johann, (Firm) Title from page [1], with

Prince Rupert’s drop
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A solid, hollow glass object, about two inches long, with a bulbous end and a narrow, curving “tail.” It is made by dropping a blob of hot glass into cold water and leaving it there until it has cooled. The rounded end resists a blow, but because of internal stress due to the absence of annealing,

The Libbey Glass Company, manufacturers of highest quality glass blanks for heavy and light cutting and engraving. Hand made blown pressed ware, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Libbey Glass Company, Toledo, OH, USA. 19425 Glass blanks for heavy and light cutting and engraving Blank catalog Toledo, Ohio: Libbey Glass Copany, [1920?] 5 leaves: 64 leaves of ill.; 28 x 38 cm. Cut glass: Libbey Glass Co., Toledo, OH, USA (F-18aC) Index at front, [4] leaves. Catalog pages are

[Trade cards of cut glass, probably 3 incomplete salesman&#039;s sets, ca. 1888-1900].
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T.G. Hawkes & Co., Corning, NY, USA. 53460 Corning, N.Y.: T.G. Hawkes & Co., [1888-1900] 250 photographs on cards: entirely ill.; 11 x 19 cm. Hawkes, T.G., & Co. Obtained from Hawkes factory when it closed in 1962. Assembled and indexed by The Corning Museum of Glass Library, 1970. Laid

Fine china, rich cut glass, catalogue no. 10.
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Higgins & Seiter, New York, NY, USA. 53466 New York: Higgins & Seiter, 1899-1900. 251 p.: ill., plates (some col.); 13 x 23 cm. Cut glass: Higgins & Seiter, Inc., New York, NY, USA. (F-176C) Index included at the end. Clearwater C0068 Includes mirrors, silver mounted, novelties, gold

Rich cut glass and fine china.
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Higgins & Seiter, New York, NY, USA. 53469 Fine china & cut glass Fine china and cut glass New York: Higgins & Seiter, [1902-1903] 245 p.: ill.; 14 x 22 cm. Cut glass: Higgins & Seiter, New York, NY, USA. (F-177C) Index included. Clearwater C0071 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in

China &amp; cut glass, catalog no. 20.
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Higgins & Seiter, New York, NY, USA. 53467 China and cut glass New York: Higgins & Seiter, [1910-1911] 64 p.: ill.; 25 cm. Cut glass: Higgins & Seiter, New York, NY, USA. (F-182C) Includes index. Illustrates silver and silver-deposited ware. Clearwater C0069 Digitized by Boston Photo

Catalogue of blown and rich cut glassware / manufactured by the New England Glass Works, W. L. Libbey &amp; Son, Boston, Mass., U.S.A.
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New England Glass Works, Boston, MA, USA. W. L. Libbey & Son. 53519 Blown and rich cut glassware Boston, Mass.: W. L. Libbey & Son, [1886?] (Boston: Forbes Co.) 2 v. in 1: 16 plates; 24 x 30 cm. New England Glass Works Catalog is not dated, however title page has "June, 1886"

The Rochester Cut Glass Co., office and works, Rochester, Pa.: manufacturers of rich cut glass tumblers, finger bowls, sherbets, champagne and whiskey tumblers, water bottles and cut bar bottles.
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Rochester Cut Glass Co., Rochester, PA, USA. 53542 Manufacturers of rich cut glass tumblers, finger bowls, sherbets, champagne and whiskey tumblers, water bottles and cut bar bottles. Rochester, Pa.: Rochester Cut Glass Co., [n.d., 190-?] 47 p.: ill.; 20 x 27 cm. Cut glass: Rochester Cut Glass Co.,

A price list of Alford cut glass.
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C.G. Alford & Co. New York, NY, USA. 115836 Price list 1904 New York: C. G. Alford & Co., Inc., 1904. [10] p.: ill.; 20 cm. Cut glass: Alford, C.G., & Co., New York, NY, USA. (F-53C) Factory is located in Honesdale, PA. Clearwater C0002 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in July 2010.

Trade price list on Alford cut glass.
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C.G. Alford & Co., New York, NY, USA. 115837 Price list 1905 New York: C. G. Alford & Co., Inc., 1905. [12] p.: ill.; 20 cm. Cut glass: Alford, C.G., & Co., New York, NY, USA. (F-53C) Factory is located in Honesdale, PA. Clearwater C0002 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in July 2010.

A distinctive line of cut glass.
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T.B. Clark & Co., Honesdale, PA, USA. 53415 Honesdale, Pa.: T.B. Clark & Co., [ca. 1908] 32 p.: ill.; 23 cm. T.B. Clark & Co., Honesdale, PA, USA. Cover title. 1908 is penciled-in date. Includes prices. Clearwater C0017 Ware includes bowls, footed bowls, sugar and cream sets, nappies,

Hawkes cut glass.
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T.G. Hawkes & Co. 53453 [Corning, N.Y. T. G. Hawkes & Co., n.d., ca. 1900] (Cincinnati: Procter & Collier Co.) 27, [4] p.: ill.; 17 cm. TP853.N6 A promotional booklet. Includes descriptions of cutting and engraving glass and principal Hawkes pattern names, illustrations of various

H.C. Fry Glass Co., manufacturers of blanks, hand-made, blown and pressed.
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H.C. Fry Glass Company, Rochester, PA, USA. 53436 Catalogue of blanks Rochester, Pa.: H.C. Fry Glass Company, [1901-1920] 25 p.: ill.; 23 x 31 cm. Fry, H.C., Glass Company Differs from another catalogue, whose cover and title page titles are identical. The other catalogue is 30 p. of ware. The

Rich cut glass.
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T.B. Clark & Co., Honesdale, PA, USA. 53418 Honesdale, Pa.: T.B. Clark & Co., 1905 (Chicago, Ill.: Binner-Wells Company). 70 p.: ill.; 23 x 30 cm. T.B. Clark & Co., Honesdale, PA, USA. Clearwater C0020 Ware includes punch, whiskey, and water sets, bowls, mayonnaise bowl and plate, boat

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