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Natural glass has existed since the beginnings of time, formed when certain types of rocks melt as a result of high-temperature phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, lightning strikes or the impact of meteorites, and then cool and solidify rapidly. Stone-age man is believed to have used cutting tools made of obsidian (a natural glass of volcanic origin also known as hyalopsite, Iceland agate, or mountain mahogany) and tektites (naturally-formed glasses of extraterrestrial or other origin, also referred to as obsidianites).

According to the ancient-Roman historian Pliny (AD 23-79), Phoenician merchants transporting stone actually discovered glass (or rather became aware of its existence accidentally) in the region of Syria around 5000 BC. Pliny tells how the merchants, after landing, rested cooking pots on blocks of nitrate placed by their fire. With the intense heat of the fire, the blocks eventually melted and mixed with the sand of the beach to form an opaque liquid.Info source: www.glassonline.com

During the nineteenth century the development of the glass industry was great. Many new techniques were being developed France, Germany, Bohemia and America as well as Britain were producing some wonderfully exuberant pieces. Acid etching, fine engraving, magnificent cutting, cameo and rock crystal style engraving were all being used to great acclaim.

In America Louis Comfort Tiffany is particularly famous for his iridescent glassware and for leaded glass lamp shades. In France René Lalique was making very high quality pressed glass. However there were many more producers of fine decorative glassware throughout Europe at this time. Info source: www.mark-norton-fine-antiques.com

       
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