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Offline Andy

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Just a tip for anyone visiting the Isle of Wight , go to Osborne House, Queen Victoria and Alberts Holiday home.
Do the tour, and see many amazing sights.
My favourites were 2 floor standing Crystal Chandeliers by Oslers of Birmingham, commissioned by Prince Albert
in 1848 for Victoria. About 8 feet tall, sadly no photos allowed in the house! Dont know why, but ive found them here...
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/vanda/MicroObject.asp?object=41311&exid=260&themeid=1018
( you can magnify the image)

Oslers also made the amazing fountain at the great exhibition of 1851,
http://fritzfryer.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/osler-the-great-exhibition-crystal-fountains-and-chandeliers/

Stunning stuff, apparently they invented a technique of casing  metal inside the glass so they could create
these enormous crystal structures.

Cheers all
Andy
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Offline David E

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Thanks for that Andy.

The company of Osler interests me as I have been researching the entire Birmingham glassmaking industry. The fountain at the Crystal Palace (created by two other Birmingham-based companies; Chance [glass] and Fox Henderson [cast-iron structure]) was an incredible affair, but sadly destroyed in the fire there at Sydenham in 1936.

A great shame that the company went to the wall, as its creations were absolutely stunning.
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Offline Andy

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David,
I cant imagine anyone making something so spectacular today, or even having the skill to do it!
Cheers
Andy
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One example of what was shown by them in Paris 1878

(http://www.glass-study.com/studypic/BlakeParis1878/Blake_fig023_p286.jpg)

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Amazing, i expect the stand looks like solid crystal and you cant tell the metal is taking the weight.
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