Posted 4 months ago
VINTAGE ROYAL BRIERLEY - UK , ENGLAND
Found this yesterday and i did in fact remember reading this some where online and i found this at the thrift store for $2.99 with no damge at all very beautiful glass , however this company has made things for "CARTIER" for their ashtrays etc of crystal home decor .
The heritage of Royal Brierley spans 300 years and 15 generations.
Principally, the company has grown under the guidance of three families - the De Henzels, Honeybornes and latterly, the Silvers.
It was during Joseph Silver's period of control, that the company leased the Moor Lane Glasshouse at Briar Lea Hill. His daughters married William Stevens and Samuel Cox-Williams who took control of the business in 1847. The company became known as the Stevens and Williams Glassworks.
Over the years, the company has attracted the brightest and best of creative artists and craftsmen; their skill and the beauty of the crystal they have created are appreciated throughout the world.
Many of our creations have become quality museum pieces. The trading name Stevens and Williams was used until the1930's when the company became Royal Brierley Crystal to signify its appointment as the Royal British Glassmakers. Broadly speaking, crystal glass is produced from a mixture of silver sand, red lead, potash and cullett, which is heated to 1350 degrees centigrade for 24 hours and allowed to cool to 1125 degrees centigrade, at which temperature it is ready to work.
The actual process of glassmaking is carried out by a team of individuals known as the 'chair' and comprises: a 'blower', 'headman' or 'servitor' and a 'bit-gatherer'.
Collectively, they blow, mould and shape each piece before transferring it to a
'lehr' - or control oven.
After re-heating and cooling to relieve the inherent stress built up during making, the edge of each piece is smoothed, bevelled and polished. Decoration can then begin.