Image from page 239 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
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English goblet toddy glasses and barrel goblet from the Waters collection 134 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS April, 1913 indebted to Venicefor many of herworkmen, althoughSir Robert Russellprocured workmenfrom the same placewho were of inferiorworth. A space ofhalf a century elapsedbefore the Englishmanufacture equalledthe Venetian or theFrench. In the year 1670,the Duke of Bucking-ham became thepatron of the art inEngland and greatlyimproved the qualityand style of flintglass, by procuring atgreat personal ex-
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Early English wine-glass, tumbler, and decanters. Atkinson collection pense, a number of Venetian artists, whom he persuaded tosettle in London. From the commencement of the eighteenthcentury the English glass manufacturers, aided by the lib-eral bounty that was paid to them on all glass exported bythem or sold for exportation, became successful rivals ofthe Venetian and French factories. The clear bounty grantedon each pound of glass exported from England, which theGovernment paid to the manufacturer, was not derivedfrom any tax by impost or excise previously laid, for allsuch were returned to the manufacturer, together with thebounty referred to, therebylessening the actual cost ofthe manufacture from twen-ty-five to fifty per cent.This enabled the Englishexporters to drive off allcompetitors in the foreignmarket. This bounty provision wasannulled during the Premier-ship of Sir Robert Peel, to-gether with all the exciseduties on the home consump-tion. The first plate glasswas manufa
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