Old Glass: European and American

Old Glass: European and American

Old Glass: European and American

Old Glass: European and American

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Although this book deals with Old Glass, I am not going back to Tubal Cain. Nor am I about to quote what Pliny, the Roman historian (A.D. 23 to 79), wrote about its discovery, for there are other historians who think he was mistaken, since it is impossible to make glass in the open air and under the conditions he describes.

But it is a known fact that the Egyptians were early in the field as glass-makers of skill and that the Romans copied their product. At the Metropolitan Museum in New York, in the Edward C. Moore collection, are some beautiful examples of small, coloured, moulded Roman glass vases. These vases are said to date back to the first century B.C. This period is given by some authorities as the date of the invention of the blowpipe. From this time till the fifth century, this method-- blowing in a mould--was in constant use among the Roman glass-blowers and the making of glass had become a highly developed art.

In fact the Romans used glass for more domestic purposes than it is used at the present day, for having no highly glazed or fine porcelain, glass objects, both . . .

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