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Heavy Metal: The Arrival of English Lead Glass in the Chesapeake

Author(s): Esther Rimer

Year: 2013

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Almost immediately after the perfection of English lead glass in 1676, lead glass appeared on the tables of British colonists, including Chesapeake settlers. The durability and beauty of English lead glass made it a consumer amenity that became a regular sight in upper and middle-class homes and taverns throughout the 18th-century Atlantic World. This paper will compare evidence of lead glass found at pre-1700 and early 18th-century plantations between Maryland and the James River to assess regional differences in trade and tableware consumption. Tracing the presence of lead glass and its early appearances in the colonies informs us about patterns of regional availability and use in colonial society just before glass tableware, like many other material things, became more widely available.

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Heavy Metal: The Arrival of English Lead Glass in the Chesapeake. Esther Rimer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428434)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 648

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America