Making plates of glass in the 18th century

Making plates of glass in the 18th century

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Caption: Plate glass making. Two engravings of plate or crown glass manufacture during the 18th century. The worker is wearing a visor, gloves and an apron to protect himself from the heat of the furnace. A bulb of glass was blown (upper frame) and then an opening was made at its base. The glass was then reheated to soften it and then spun (lower frame) until a disk was formed.

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Keywords: 18th cent, 18th century, foundry, glass, glass manufacture, historical, history of science, industrial, industry, plate glass making, protective clothing, technology

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