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REMINISCENCES OF GLASS-MAKING.
It may be safely asserted that no department of art
has, from its earliest period, attracted so much attention and investigation,
none involved so extensive a range of inquiry, or been productive of more
ingenious, interesting, and beautiful results, than the manufacture of glass.
The question of the origin of glass goes back to the
remotest antiquity, and is involved in almost entire obscurity. All that
modern writers on the subject are enabled to do, is to glean hints and
indistinct statements in reference to the subject, from the very brief and
unsatisfactory accounts of the ancients. These, however, throw but a feeble
light upon the precise point of the origin of the manufacture; and little is
proved beyond the fact of its great antiquity.
That the subject held a very prominent place in
the technological literature of the ancients is clearly proved;