Waterford Crystal: Its History, Its Excellence

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The Waterford Flint Glass Manufactory, as it was originally known, was established in Waterford, Ireland, in 1783 by two local brothers, George and William Penrose. Being of an enterprising nature, the Penrose brothers had seen a huge demand for both plain and ornamental flint glass internationally. However, with neither brother having any glass working experience, one of their first priorities was the procurement of a skilled glass worker. Fellow Quaker, John Hill, originally from Stourbridge in the English West Midlands was to take up this opportunity and head the factorys workforce, which, by now numbered over fifty.

Business was good. John Hill drew on his many years of experience and very soon the factory was turning out glass products of a quality never previously witnessed in England or Ireland. Ships packed to the gunnels with flint glass were leaving Waterford Quay bound for Spain, the West Indies and North America.

By the turn of the nineteenth century, triggered by William Penrose decision to sell, the factory changed hands and ownership was transferred to local towns people: Ramsey, Gatchell and Barcroft. It was decided by the new management that a...

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