Twisted glass stirring rod, Bristol, England, 1750-1900

1750-1900 in Bristol

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Twisted glass stirring rod. Full view, graduated black perspex background with reflection.
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Twisted glass stirring rod, light green 'nailsea' glass, 1750-1900, Phoenix Glasworks, Bristol

The purpose of this laboratory stirring rod is unknown. It appears unnecessarily elaborate. It is made of hand-blown molten glass. This is twisted while red hot to produce the characteristic swirling design.

The Romans introduced glassmaking to Bristol. They made it a specialist trade within the city. Over 20 glassmaking companies were established in the city during the 1700s, trading worldwide through Bristol’s extensive maritime contacts.


Laboratory Medicine
Object Number:
laboratory stirrer
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
Puttick and Simpson Limited
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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