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Basic Information

Accession Number:1991M10
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1860 - 1870

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Barnes & Co - 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 bowl from the 1860s was made by Barnes & Co, Birmingham, using the mould blown method. This is where a bubble of molten glass is blown into a mould, which determines both the shape, and in some cases, the surface decoration.

Acquired, 1929.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
Medium:Clear and blue glass.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England


Height:10.5 cm
Width:11.5 cm