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urch windows were generally glazed in the sixteenth century, though there were but few glass windows in private dwellings.
Talc, isinglass, horn, oiled paper, and thinly shaved leather were generally used instead of glass throughout the civilized world.
Blue glass, colored by the addition of cobalt to the frit, was discovered about 1550 by Christopher Schurer of Platten, Bohemia.
Glass was imported into England, A. D. 1177; the manufacture was established in that country, 1557.
In Savoy, the same year.
Plate-glass was made at Lambeth by Venetian artists, 1673.
The British Plate-Glass Company was established 1773.
An active manufactory of glass exists at Hebron, in the land of Palestine,—the same Hebron where is the cave of Machpelah, bought by Abraham for a sum of money of Ephron, one of the sons of Heth.
The tombs are preserved in rigid seclusion from Jew and Christian; of the latter, not one lives in the town of 5,000 people.
Dr. Thomson gives an account of it