Philadelphia / Kensington / Dyottville Glass Works
I recently purchased an early Swaim's Panacea which I believe may
have been made at the Kensington Glass works. This is a very early embossed
medicine. I recall seeing a newspaper advertisement for this product dated 1828.
It's quite an interesting history. I wasn't aware that it began as the Philadelphia glass
works, became the Kensington glass works and was eventually bought out by Thomas
These early glassworks, in general, had a short life. before coal became the heat source,
they had to burn hardwoods. the temps were hard to control / maintain. it was also very
dangerous. This led to many glasshouses burning down.
ive had this slaggish hobnail glass for about 30 years...I have shown it to some dealers over the years and some said 100% its a lightning rod ball and some said NOT!!!..Im new to this forum so thank...