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hemihampton

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I was not able to click onto link & could not open it??????
 

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I think most of the page is more or less correct, but it took only a few seconds for a glaring error to appear.
First, it says that the first glass bottle was made in Southeast Asia in 100 BC. A short scroll farther down the page, we read that the first glass bottles were made in Mesopotamia about 1500 BC. I think the second date is probably closer to reality.

Another minor point- I wish whoever put the page together would be more precise in their descriptions. In the paragraph headed "1820", the "decorative glass container" would have to be referring to the invention of "pressed glass" because engraved molds (with intricate designs) for pressing glassware were first introduced in the US in about the 1825-1826 time period, in Pittsburgh.

Those molds were not actually for bottles (which were almost always blown, not pressed), but the first types of pressed glass were probably small glass drawer pulls (glass knobs - for opening drawers, cupboards, cabinets, etc) and "cup plates" (tiny saucers that were placed under teacups) those two items were probably the first major glass items that were made in considerable quantities ("mass produced, if you will") by using molds.
 

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