My name is Thomas Joyce. I am from Dublin Ireland. I have been collecting pressed glass since 1999 from charity shops, car boot sales and sale of works. I also buy off some of the Antique Dealer in Francis Street. I have 600 pieces of mainly English pressed glass. This web book is a work in progress to preserve the history of English pressed glass 1880 – 1980. It will also include glass from some of the great European glass houses to give one an overall view of the pressed glass industry.
Pressed glass was invented in the U.S.A in 1825. Each piece is made in a mould and the glass is shaped by hand using a plunger. Pressed glass is easy to recognise as it has mould marks on the actual piece.
By the 1880’s the industry was in full flow in England. One hundred years later, 1980 and the whole industry was nearly completely wiped out. The closure of the Pyrex glass plant in Sunderland 2007 was the end of this English industry. Hence, English pressed glass is very collectable.
I also like mouth blown glass; hence we have Kralik (thank you Mary in the Blackrock market) and Made in China (thank you Maureen in the Irish Cancer Society in Kimmage).
I also wish to thank Ken for designing the software for this web book. I also have to thank David P. Encill for the help he has given me. I also wish to thank Neil Harris.
Hi Sarah, are you out there. Thanks for doing the typing.
I am fifty years old. I feel nifty on my Honda Fifty. Please enjoy this web book.