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1920s Bolt Jar Industrial Pendant


According to Pliny the Elder, Phoenician traders were the first to stumble upon glass manufacturing techniques at the site of the Belus River. Georgius Agricola, in De re metallica, reported a traditional serendipitous "discovery" tale of familiar type:

   "The tradition is that a merchant ship laden with nitrum being moored at this place, the merchants were preparing their meal on the beach, and not having stones to prop up their pots, they used lumps of nitrum from the ship, which fused and mixed with the sands of the shore, and there flowed streams of a new translucent liquid, and thus was the origin of glass."

Although this is a fantastic story, the history of glassmaking can be traced even further back to 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia. The earliest known glass objects were beads, likely created as accidental by-products of metal-working or during the production of faience, a pre-glass vitreous material made by a process similar to glazing.

Naturally occurring glass, especially the volcanic glass obsidian, had been used by many early societies across the globe for the production of sharp cutting tools and, due to its limited source areas, was extensively traded.

Most of this early glass production relied on grinding techniques borrowed from stone working, which meant that the glass was ground and carved in a cold state. Through the centuries, new ways of working with molten glass developed and were passed on down the generations.

By the 15th century BCE extensive glass production was occurring in Western Asia, Crete and Egypt, but it is thought the techniques and recipes required for the initial fusing of glass from raw materials was a closely guarded technological secret reserved for the large palace industries of powerful states.

Fast forward to the industrial boom of the early 1900s, and the combination of smooth glass accents with the newly harnessed force of electricity led to a design revolution.

The finely crafted 1920s Bolt Jar Industrial Pendant Light harks back to the early days of the Roaring 20s, combining the heat of industry with the precision of glass.  Add history, cool and character to any space with this simple design feature.

Diameter 140mm h170mm, cord length 1500mm. Accommodates 1 x E27 60W Edison Bulb (included).

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