All About Glass

All About Glass

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Sublime I [electronic resource]: oil spill.
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Boym, Constantin. Boym, Laurene. Rochelle, Chris. Jack, Aaron. 131655 Oil spill Design drawing for oil spill platter prototype 2012. 1 computer file. Design drawing features two platters, one drawn above other. Platter on upper portion of drawing is view from side angle; black oil spill surrounds

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Working with Glass
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Women have played an important role in glassmaking history. The following is a brief overview of the ways in which women have worked with glass before 1950, as documented in articles, books, and original materials from the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass. Beadmakers and

The Te Deum: the hymn and the window: a sermon preached in the First Presbyterian Church of Syracuse, N.Y., the thirtieth day of September, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Six / by Rev. George B. Spalding.
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Spalding, George B. 128566 [Syracuse, N.Y.: The Church, 1906] (Syracuse, N.Y.: Mason-Henry Press) [10] p., [1] plate: ill.; 26 cm. Higgins Collection Box 1, Folder: The Te Deum: the hymn and the window Description of the window designed by Frederick Wilson and executed by Tiffany Studios: p. [9-10]

Tools of the Glassmaker
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Pictured below are the basic tools used by glassblowers working "at the furnace" (as opposed to those working "at the lamp"- "flameworking" or "lampworking"). They are pretty much unchanged since the first century AD. Incredibly, a Roman-period worker could

Crown glass
Glass Dictionary Term

Sheet glass made by blowing a parison, cutting it open, and rotating it rapidly, with repeated reheating, until the centrifugal force has caused it to become a flat disk. After annealing, the disk is cut into panes of the required shape and size. Bull’s-eye panes come from the centers of the disks

Encased glass
Glass Dictionary Term

An object, such as a paperweight, that is covered with a layer of colorless glass. The Houghton Salamander

A collection of antique vases, altars, pateræ, tripods, candelabra, sarcophagi, &c. from various museums and collections, engraved on 170 plates / by Henry Moses. With historical essays.
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Moses, Henry, 1782?-1870, engr. Baber, Henry Hervey, 1775-1869. 99384 Moses' antique vases [London]: H.G. Bohn, [1814] xii, 61, [1] p.: ill., 150 (i.e. 151) pl. 23 cm. N5615 Portland vase: plate 50. Plate 85 has a pencil sketch of a lamp body and shade added to the top of one of the

Avolio
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian) A small quantity of glass that joins the stem and the foot of goblets and similar forms. Dragon-Stem Goblet

Prismatic cutting
Glass Dictionary Term

A decorative pattern of long, mitered grooves, cut horizontally in straight lines so that the top edges of each groove touch the edges of the adjoining grooves. Prismatic cutting is usually found on the necks of pitchers and decanters.

Motifs historiques d'architecture et de sculpture d'ornament. Décorations extérieures empruntées à des edifices français du commencement de la renaissance à la fin de Louis XVI (XVIe, XVIIe, XVIIIe siècles) / par Césare Daly.
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Daly, César, 1811-1893. 123555 Décorations extérieures empruntées à des edifices français du commencement de la renaissance à la fin de Louis XVI (XVIe, XVIIe, XVIIIe siècles) Paris: C. Massin, [1911] 2 v.: plates (some folded); 46 cm. Nouvelle éd. NA3549.A1 Vol. 1-2 digitized by Boston

Trailing
Glass Dictionary Term

The process of applying trails of glass as decoration on the body, handle, or foot of a vessel. It is done by laying or winding softened threads on a glass object during manufacture. Combed decoration Amphoriskos

Plating
Glass Dictionary Term

A 19th-century American synonym for casing. Peachblow Lamp

Inclusions
Glass Dictionary Term

A collective term for bubbles, metal and glass particles, and other foreign materials that have been added to the glass for decorative effects. Basket with 10 Medallion Sulphides

Crimper
Glass Dictionary Term

A tool used for decorating objects by giving them a crimped or wavy edge.

Colored glass
Glass Dictionary Term

Glass that is colored by (1) impurities in the basic ingredients in the batch or (2) techniques of coloring glass by one of three main processes: (a) using a dissolved metallic oxide to impart a color throughout, (b) forming a dispersion of some substance in a colloidal state, and (c) suspending

Cold colors
Glass Dictionary Term

Pigments applied as decoration to glass by cold painting. Portrait Medallion of Louis XIV

Borosilicate glass
Glass Dictionary Term

Glass in which the flux is boric oxide instead of alkali. The first %%borosilicate glass%% was created by Otto Schott in 1882. It has a low coefficient of expansion and therefore withstands sudden changes of temperature.

Battledore
Glass Dictionary Term

A glassworker’s tool in the form of a square wooden paddle with a handle. Battledores are used to smooth the bottoms of vessels and other objects.

Botanical Wonders: Flameworking Then and Now
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play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 810 In Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers, The Corning Museum of Glass

Gas fixtures.
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Iden & Co., New York, NY, USA. 120210 New York: Iden & Co., [1877] pl. 122-193: ill. (some col.); 27 x 34 cm. Iden & Co. Water damaged prior to CMGL acquisition. Front board detached from catalog, lacks spine and rear board. Notable acquisitions 2011. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging

Price list adopted by the Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States and Canada, for the blast of...
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Glass Bottle Blowers Association of the United States and Canada. 127276 Wage scale and working rules adopted by the Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States and Canada and the Glass Bottle and Vial Manufacturers' Association. Camden, N.J.: The Association, 1895-1902. v.; 14

Beschreibung des Lustschlosses und Gartens Sr. Königl. Hoheit des Prinzen Heinrichs: Bruders des Königs, zu Reinsberg, wie auch der Stadt und der Gegend um dieselbe: Nebst einem in Kupfer gestochenen Grundrisse...
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Hennert, C. W. 120254 Binder's spine title: Kleins Naturs. d. Konig. Ungarn Berlin: Bey Friedrich Nicolat [ie Nicolai], Buchhändler unter der Stechbahn, 1778. 3 p. l., [5]-94 p., 1 leaf, folded plate: map; 18 cm. DD901.R46 Notable acquisitions 2011. Description of the glass house of Zechlin

Contributions towards a history of glass making and glass makers in Staffordshire, with an extraordinary tale entitled "A legend of the glass-house," founded on fact / altered from the original by R.S.
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Simms, Rupert, b. 1853. 126269 History of glass making and glass makers in Staffordshire Legend of the glass-house Wolverhampton: Whitehead Bros., 1894. 15 p.; 25 cm. TP854.E5 Signed "Fredk Carder, 1894". Section on Thomas and George Hawkes on p. 8 marked in pencil "for T.G.H."

Album no. 18: electric fixtures.
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Gibson Gas Fixture Works, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA. 120208 Album no. 18: combination fixtures [S.l.]: William E. Yost, c1901. p. 601-762, [1] p.: ill. plates; 36 cm. Gibson Gas Fixture Works, Inc. Original front board, lacks spine, pages at end and back board. Several loose pages. Notable

Glass: interesting facts connected with its discovery and manufacture / J.E. Caldwell and Company.
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J.E. Caldwell & Co. 123783 Cut glass Philadelphia: J.E. Caldwell, [1880-1896?] 22 p.: ill.; 18 cm. NK5112.54 Patterns described and/or illustrated include Russian, strawberry diamond, hob-nail, fan and diamond, quarter diamond and star. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging May 2012. Notable

Glass blowing by automatic machinery.
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Automatic Glass Blowing Patents Syndicate, Ltd. 126275 Owens & Colburns' patent automatic glass blowing machine [West Bromwich: Automatic Glass Blowing Patents Syndicate, Ltd., 1901] (Birmingham: M. Billing, Son & Co.) [4] leaves, 7 plates: ill.; 27 cm. TP859.5 "Mr. Chapman, write

Motifs historiques d'architecture et de sculpture d'ornement. Décorations intérieures empruntées a des édifices français, du commencement de la renaissance a la fin de Louis XVI (XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles) / par César Daly.
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Daly, César, 1811-1893. 124138 Décorations intérieures empruntées a des édifices français, du commencement de la renaissance a la fin de Louis XVI (XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles) Paris: C. Massin, [1912] Nouv. éd. 2 v.: plates (some folded); 46 cm. NA3549.A1 Vol. 1-2 digitized by Boston

Frank Leslie's holiday book of pictures, stories and poems for little folks.
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Leslie, Frank, 1821-1880. 121221 Holiday book of pictures, stories and poems for little folks Frank Leslie's holiday book for children New York: Frank Leslie, c1881. 1 p.l., 288 [2] p.: col. front., ill.; 26 cm. PZ7 "Something about glass and its manufacture": p. 22-27. Glass

Building trades' tariff.
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Cashmore & Co., Bristol, United Kingdom. 125236 Bristol: Cashmore & Co., 1904 (Briston, London: Mardons). 221 p.: ill. (some col.); 19 cm. Cashmore & Co., Bristol, United Kingdom. Pages 1-28 have damage in upper right hand corner, some of the same pages have damage in lower right hand

Hoppus's tables for measuring, or practical measuring made easy, by a new set of tables... / by E. Hoppus.
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Hoppus, E. (Edward), d. 1739. 121245 Tables for measuring Practical measuring made easy, by a new set of tables Hoppus's measurer London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.: Hamilton & Co.: Dean & Son: Houlston & Sons: Kent & Co., [n.d., ca. 1900?] New ed., greatly improved. lx, 226

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