Image from page 240 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
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rties which arepeculiarly its own. It istransparent in itself, al-though the substances fromwhich it is made are far frombeing so. Glass, unlike manysubstances, is not subject toheat or cold, and thereforeis adapted to many uses, andits field of usefulness is con-stantly increasing. To-day it has reached astate of comparative perfec-tion, although even now it issubject to constant improve-ment, and research is beingmade to throw light upon itsdiscovery and the progress ofthe art in the ages past.Many writers claim that itsinvention dated earlier thanthe Flood. The eighteenth centuryEnglish glass shows somewonderfully fine examples,among which are old aleglasses and glass spoons withhandles showing coloredtwists. The old drawn glassdates back to the middle ofthe eighteenth century, andwas used by these old folk onGood Friday. On that daythe services were so long andof such an exhausting naturethat every member of thefamily was allowed to drink April, 1913 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS i35
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a glass of gin, ac-companied by somelight cake. A beautiful gobletmade about this timehad the name of agood old E n gl i s hsportsman, TomShorter, inscribedupon it. There wasalso a pictured rep-resentation of him,with horse andhounds, chasing thered deer across thehills. A great deal offine old Englishglass, more especial- English glass goblets with ballister stems, ly liquer cases, are to be seenin the Atkinson Collection inSalem, Mass. One of theseis filled with large squarebottles, decorated in gilt, thetop of the case showing ex-quisitely cut wine glasses anda glass tray. Wine glassesin the possession of Mrs.William West, also of Salem,are not only handsome butinteresting. They originallyformed part of a set thatwas in the possession ofNathaniel West, one ofSalems noted merchantsat the time when thishistoric city was at herheight of commercialprosperity. Going back to the six-teenth and seventeenthcenturies, we find Eng-lish and Elizabethanglasses, one of which,preserved in its le
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