I do not know much about glass although I have one or two pretty Waterford pieces at home here.
I am studying the life of a forefather once removed by the name of James Howell, who was employed by a glass
manufacturer, Mansell, in England to go and pick the brains of the Murano workers in about 1620!
He became an enthusiastic supporter of trade with Venice , and worked for the Venice Turkey and Levant company at different times in his life.
I would like to get an idea of what he would have seen and what he would have learned in Venice in those days that was not already known to the glass makers in England!
Is that a pretty tall order?
James Howell was historiographer royal in 1660, and a frequent writer about Italy in those days, information well recorded and discussed in Italian and English history books.