American Glass - (Glass) Glossary of Antique Terms G

American Glass - (Glass) Made from the beginning of the seventeenth century. Glass was manufactured on Manhattan Island from 1645. The bottle was all during the eighteenth century, and is to the American collector what the drinking glass is to his English counterpart. 'Baron' Stiegel, a German who went to America in 1750, probably made the first flint glass in the New World c. 1765. He was a financial failure, but his name in 'Stiegel glass' has become generic for early American glass. Pressed glass was an American invention, being first made about 1827, reputedly by Enoch Robinson.


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