Glassblower's blowpipe (detail)

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probably used at Holyrood Flint Glassworks, Edinburgh

Postcard of Glassblower's blowpipe (detail).
© National Museums Scotland

Glassblower's blowpipe (detail)

This is a detail of glassblower's blowpipe used in the manufacture of flint glass, probably at the Holyrood Flint Glassworks in Edinburgh. The pipe dates from around 1850. It is made of wrought iron.

It has a gathering of glass on the end, ready for blowing.

The making of bottle glass began in the 17th century and became important in the 18th. To this tradition was added the making of better quality glass, and by the 1860s Edinburgh was recognized as a world leader in the manufacture of engraved table glassware.

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Online ID: 000-100-044-082-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1857.207.A.3
Date: Around 1850
Material: Metal gathering
Dimensions: 262 mm L x 103 mm W x 30 mm
What: Specimen / flint glass / manufacture / blowing tube / sample / g
Subject: 14. INDUSTRIES, Glass (Departmental Classification)
Description: One of a collection of specimens illustrating the manufacture of flint glass - a blowing tube with gathering of metal attached
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