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Glass Circle lecture season 2017


Thursday, 13th April 2017

Mike Noble: The Invention of Flint Glass and Other Patents



 The question as to whether George Ravenscroft invented lead crystal glass has been the subject of much debate for some considerable time. This presentation puts forward the idea that flints and not lead was the principal ingredient contained in his patented recipe for making 'a Perticular sort of Christaline Glasse resembling Rock Christall’.

 It is derived from a detailed investigation into the subject in preparation for the newly published book ‘Eighteenth Century English Glass and its Antecedents’ and is based on several papers published by the author in both the Glass Circle News and the Journal of Glass Studies from the Corning Museum. The talk encompasses the development of English glass from the latter half of the sixteenth century, when a patent was first granted to Jacob Verzelini for ‘the making of drinking Glasses such as be accustomablie made in the town of Morano’, until Ravenscroft’s death in c.1682. Much of the material contained in the discussion has not previously been presented.

 Since retiring from the glass industry as a scientist and factory manager, Mike Noble has recently published 'Eighteenth Century English Glass and its Antecedents: A Documentary History of glassmaking from Post-Medieval England until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution'. Its thoroughgoing research is likely to keep this the authoritative text on this area for some time.

Copies will be available at this meeting.

Thursday 18th May:

Anna Moran: New Research on Glass in Ireland, c. 1780 – c. 1830

Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT


Members are reminded to advise our meetings organiser Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, in advance, of their intention to attend. Please e-mail or call

07931 516283 or 01245 604518


Lecture Meetings - members of Glass Circle and Glass Association £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

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Next meetings in 2017: 13th April, 18th May

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