All About Glass
All About Glass
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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
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
An object, such as a paperweight, that is covered with a layer of colorless glass. The Houghton Salamander
Moses, Henry, 1782?-1870, engr. Baber, Henry Hervey, 1775-1869. 99384 Moses' antique vases [London]: H.G. Bohn,  xii, 61,  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
(Italian) A small quantity of glass that joins the stem and the foot of goblets and similar forms. Dragon-Stem Goblet
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.
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,  2 v.: plates (some folded); 46 cm. Nouvelle éd. NA3549.A1 Vol. 1-2 digitized by Boston
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
A 19th-century American synonym for casing. Peachblow Lamp
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
A tool used for decorating objects by giving them a crimped or wavy edge.
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
Pigments applied as decoration to glass by cold painting. Portrait Medallion of Louis XIV
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.
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.
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
Iden & Co., New York, NY, USA. 120210 New York: Iden & Co.,  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
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
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., -94 p., 1 leaf, folded plate: map; 18 cm. DD901.R46 Notable acquisitions 2011. Description of the glass house of Zechlin
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."
Gibson Gas Fixture Works, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA. 120208 Album no. 18: combination fixtures [S.l.]: William E. Yost, c1901. p. 601-762,  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
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
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.)  leaves, 7 plates: ill.; 27 cm. TP859.5 "Mr. Chapman, write
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,  Nouv. éd. 2 v.: plates (some folded); 46 cm. NA3549.A1 Vol. 1-2 digitized by Boston
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  p.: col. front., ill.; 26 cm. PZ7 "Something about glass and its manufacture": p. 22-27. Glass
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, 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
Trades' Publishing Agency. 121310 New York index New York index and Where to buy drugs, paints, oils, etc. New York: Trades' Pub. Agency,  174 p.: ill.; 23 x 11 cm. Pocket ed. HF5068.N7 Glass-related entries throughout. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in May 2011. "Containing
Brill, Robert H. 127906 Corning Museum of Glass Research Program on medieval stained glasses   p.: ill.; 28 cm. NK5308 Digitized by Rakow staff in June 2012. Gift; Dr. Brill; 2012; 1000101279 Photocopy. Also available online in the Science Research database, full text. Reference list A:
Brill, Robert H. Silk Road Art and Archaeology v. 2, (1991-92), pp. 129-136. 127924 Kamakura-shi, Japan: The Institute of Silk Road Studies, 1992. pp. 129-136: ill.; 28 cm. Robert H. Brill articles Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in 2012. Photocopy. Also available online in the Science Research