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probably from Holyrood Flint Glassworks, Edinburgh

Postcard of Tool.
© National Museums Scotland


This spring tool, for opening and shaping glass, is of a type used in the manufacture of flint glass. They date from around 1850 and probably come from the Holyrood Flint Glassworks in Edinburgh. They are made of steel and a hardwood.

One of a collection of specimens illustrating the manufacture of flint glass - a spring tool with points of charred wood

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: 000-100-044-083-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1857.207.A.4
Date: Around 1850
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 33 mm H x 385 mm x 138 mm
What: Specimen / flint glass / manufacture / spring tool
Subject: 14. INDUSTRIES, Glass (Departmental Classification)
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