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Wine Glass

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983M68
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1710 c - 1710 c


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 heavy stemmed wine glass from early 18th century England was free blown. This is where air is blown down a metal tube that has a blob of glass at its end creating a bubble. The bubble of glass is then shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery with a 50% grant from the MGC/VandA Purchase Grant Fund.

Further Information

Production Period:18th Century
Medium:Lead glass.
Material(s):Lead glass
Place of Origin:England


Height:15.7 cm