Collateral advantages of no small importance
have resulted from these inventions; insomuch as they have tended
very considerably to enhance the value of British Glass-wares, and to
extend the application of Glass to new purposes of domestic utility.
The highly ornamental effect which by this and other improvements has
been given to the manufacture, has recommended Glass incrustations and
other ornamental Glass, in the place of metal ornaments, for door-plates
or handles, lamp pedestals, arms, &c., upon decanters, chandeliers,
and articles of table Glass.
A third patent has been completed for
casting from common bottle-glass metal, water or gas-pipes; but it
has not yet practically worked out those results which will, no doubt,
be attained by more extended experiments and arrangements.
Sky-lights are moulded in strong flint Glass,
of embossed patterns to the segment of a dome, or sphere;* and strong
panes for windows, or sky-lights, are ornamented with detached pieces
of transparent coloured Glass, massed homogeneously to white Glass,
and having together, a Mosaic and ornamental appearance; these being
included in the last mentioned patent.
England is pre-eminent for her refractive,
colourless, flint Glass for chandeliers and table articles; and the
transparent metallic colours are of superior quality. With such
materials, when artistic education becomes more extended, the English
Glass-makers will, it is hoped, rival their Continental competitors,
in colouring, gilding, and elegant forms.
* Upon the principle, the large cut
Glass skylight was executed at the Falcon Glass Works, for the ornamental
quadrangle of the Reform Clubhouse, in Pall-Mall; from the design of
the architect, Mr. Charles Barry, R.A.