My ears are burning :[
Even as I sit here, I have just been adding more data about Orlak: currently the word count on this book is 8,700 – after editing probably 5,000
– but about one-fifth of the original, or approx. 30 pages. The problem is where to stop - rather hard when there are still a few unanswered questions, but I promise that Chance Additions
will be the last on Chance domestic glassware and any further revelations will be published on the web site. I am also hoping to keep the cost of Additions
down, as I expect it will be mainly purchased by existing owners of Chance Expressions
The following book that Christine mentions, Chance Reflections
, will be mammoth. It is expected to take two years merely to catalogue the archives held at Sandwell Library (500 boxes of papers, 400 ledgers), which I will have to wade through, sheet by sheet. I estimate my time will be three years. I have even promised to help Professors Michael Cable and William Brock with data on Georges Bontemps and Sir William Crookes respectively (which google) as and when I unearth it.
But I was indeed fortunate to find, and purchase this morning, a copy of A History of the Firm of Chance Brothers & Co. Glass and Alkali Manufacturers
, by J.F. Chance, which was printed in 1919 and covers the first century (sort of) of the company. An invaluable aid.
After this I might write a book on the history of Birmingham Glassmakers, from 1762 to date. Due in 2024...