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Goblet - The Muckley Goblet

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1937M744
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1850 - 1860

Maker Information

Engraver:Joseph Fairfax Muckley - View biography for Joseph Fairfax Muckley
Manufacturer:WHB & J Richardson - View history


The recipe for making glass has changed little for several thousands of years: sand, alkali ashes, and lime from crushed stones are melted together to give a strong, yet fragile material. This molten material can then be manipulated by the glassmaker in a number of ways.This English 19th century goblet was free blown, where air is blown down a metal tube which has a blob of glass at its end, this creates a bubble. The bubble of glass is then shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form.The decoration was created using a method known as wheel engraving this process involves the grinding action of a wheel using disks of various materials and sizes.

Presented by Miss E J Prime, 1937.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
Medium:Lead glass.
Material(s):Lead glass
Place of Origin:Stourbridge, England


Height:30.6 cm
Diameter:16 cm