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|Collection:||Applied Art - Glass|
|Date:||1859 - 1875|
|Designer:||Philip Webb - View biography for Philip Webb|
|Manufacturer:||James Powell & Sons - 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 19th century, English tumbler was free blown. Air would have been blown down a metal tube that had a blob of glass at its end to create a bubble. This bubble of glass would then have been shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form.
|Bequeathed by May Morris, 1939.|
|Production Period:||19th Century|
|Place of Origin:||London, England|