Handkerchief Vases

The Chance brothers, Lucas and William had been working together as ‘Chance Brothers and Company’ at the Smethwick glassworks in the West Midlands since 1832 when William bought into Lucas’ business to save it from bankrupty. The company had a

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Cut Glass

Cut glass decoration has been used since Roman times, but until the 18th century designs were limited to simple, shallow cut patterns. Two major developments brought about a change in this; the invention of lead glass in the 1670s by

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Murano Glass

I love Italy. I love the people, the pizzas, the sunshine and the glassware. Italian glass overflows with exciting history and wonderful colours and one of it’s most colourful characters is Paulo Venini. Murano is one of a compact group

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Dessert Glass

Within the field of glass collecting, drinking glasses have always commanded the greatest interest from enthusiasts. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but as a lover, or should I say worshipper, of the pudding or sweet, or dessert

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Sweetmeat Glasses

Within the field of glass collecting, drinking glasses have always commanded the greatest interest from enthusiasts, but there is a whole sphere of glass production which is equally as exciting and readily available to the collector. The Georgians loved their

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