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Offline Leni

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Re: What's "Bristol glass"?
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008, 08:30:42 AM »
Yeah, as if you invented glass!  I suppose you invented the wheel, too? ;D
Yup!  Sure did!  ;D

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We caught up quick, though.  The best of our ABP beats the pants off anything you guys did for rich cut. ;) ;D  That could have been a style thing...  I just heard someone say that at the time the British despised American Brilliant glass because it was gaudy.  Is that true?  That would explain why the super sparkly never caught on in Europe at the time.

I thought it was because of the glass tax that all the best cutters left the UK and went to America?  >:D
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Re: What's "Bristol glass"?
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2008, 08:15:01 PM »
Actually, my impression is that it was because of higher wages here (part of what made a tariff necessary to compete with the Europeans), but you make a good point.  From Sinclaire and Spillman's The Complete Cut and Engraved Glass of Corning:  "The 1880 census showed that 22 of Corning's 40 glass cutters had been born in Europe, 21 of them in England or Ireland."  That's an early census, though.  By 1905 there were 490 cutters and 33 engravers in Corning.
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Re: What's "Bristol glass"?
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2008, 07:57:18 PM »
Just to add to the breadth of the actual makers of modern Bristol Blue (catalogue 1977) by Thomas Webb & Sons, in the blurb they credit the colours to  being imported from Saxony. Bristol Blue, Bristol Green and Bristol Amethyst. They state these were originally made in Bristol in the 18th and 19th centuries. All labelled as Bristol Glass.  ::)
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Re: What's "Bristol glass"?
« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2008, 09:46:51 PM »
I got Bedford's Bristol and Other Coloured Glass and had to laugh at the first sentence in the intro, "'Bristol' is probably the most richly misused word in glass fancying."
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