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Basic Information

Accession Number:1939M311
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1859 - 1875

Maker Information

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.

Further Information

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


Height:8.6 cm
Diameter:7.4 cm