WINE GLASSES

LEAD CRYSTAL

‘In 1674 George Ravenscroft [d.1683], an English glass merchant, was granted a patent for the discovery made at his factory in London that adding lead oxide to the melt resulted in a clearer, more durable product. Thus was born lead crystal, and with it the fashion, in England, of drinking wine from glass vessels rather than, say, pewter ones, (‘Cheers!’, The Economist December 23rd 2017, p113).