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Twisted glass stirring rod, Bristol, England, 1750-1900

The purpose of this laboratory stirring rod is unknown. It appears unnecessarily elaborate. It is made of hand-blown molten glass. This is twisted while red hot to produce the characteristic swirling design. The Romans introduced glassmaking to Bristol. They made it a specialist trade within the city. Over 20 glassmaking companies were established in the city during the 1700s, trading worldwide through Bristol’s extensive maritime contacts.

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