All About Glass
All About Glass
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Beth She'arim was a cemetery located in Galilee. It was one of the most sacred places in the ancient Jewish world. Just adjacent to its catacombs is a natural cave that had long ago been made into a large cistern for storing water. It apparently fell into disuse at the end of the 4th century
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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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
Hubert, Armand. Exposition universelle et internationale (1910: Brussels, Belgium) 127957 Exposition de Bruxelles en 1910 [Bruxelles: A. Lesigne, 1911?] 213 p.,  leaf of plates: ill.; 29 cm. T467.L1 CMGL copy is no. 27 of 200 and inscribed by author to the Duc d'Ursel. Digitized by Boston
Morawtzovi Synové, Prague, Czech Republic. 128446 Prague: Morawtzovi Synové, [n.d., ca. 1895] (Praha: Tiskem Heller & Stránský̮) 33 p.: ill.; 27 cm. Morawtzovi Synové Notable Acquisition 2012. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging April 2012. Cover title. Trade catalog. Catalog is not dated,
128473 [Birmingham, U.K.: s.l.; n.d., 1904?-1912?] (Birmingham: Buckler & Webb Ltd., Argyle Press) 199 p.: ill.; 28 cm. Artistic gas fittings Somewhat later, but similar to a William & Chinner Company lighting catalog  (Bib 69446) Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging April 2012. Includes
From French, Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exhibition in Paris in 1925. A style of design that originated in the 1920s and was popular in western Europe and the United States in the 1930s. Art Deco is distinguished by simple, streamlined shapes and
(from Greek, “small amphora”) A small jar with two handles, used for perfume or toilet oil in the pre-Roman and Roman periods. Amphoriskos
A rare type of English wineglass with a drawn stem. The bowl is decorated by diamond-point engraving with verses from the Jacobite hymn followed by the word “Amen,” and with emblems associated with the Jacobite uprising of 1715. Jacobite glass The Mesham Amen Goblet
A type of Art Glass that varies in color from amber to ruby or purple on the same object. This shaded effect is due to the presence of gold in the batch. The object is amber when it emerges from the lehr, but partial reheating causes the affected portion to become red or purple. Amberina, developed
A type of English drinking glass for ale or beer. Ale glasses, first made in the 17th century, have a tall and conical cup, a stem, and a foot. They may be enameled, engraved, or gilded with representations of hops or barley. Ale Glass
A type of translucent white glass, similar to opal glass, first produced in Bohemia in the 19th century. In the 1920s, Frederick Carder (1863- 1963) introduced alabaster glass at Steuben Glass Works in Corning, New York. Carder’s alabaster glass has an iridescent finish made by spraying the object
(1) A group of Mediterranean, Asian, and African plants with large, spiny leaves; hence (2) ornament that resembles the leaves of the species Acanthus spinosus.
Minute bubbles of gas, usually occurring in groups.
Susceptible to being modeled or shaped. When it is in a molten state, glass can be described as plastic.
In glassmaking, a soluble salt consisting mainly of potassium carbonate or sodium carbonate. It is one of the essential ingredients of glass, generally accounting for about 15-20 percent of the batch. The alkali is a flux, which reduces the melting point of the major constituent of glass, silica.
(from Greek lithos, “stone”) A type of glass, developed in Bohemia by Friedrich Egermann (1777-1864), that is opaque and has a marbled surface resembling semiprecious stones. Lithyalin Beaker
Calcined limestone, which, added to batch in small quantities, gives stability. Before the 17th century, when its beneficial effects became known, lime was introduced fortuitously as an impurity in the raw materials. The addition of insufficient lime can cause crizzling.