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Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Co

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Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Co, of Edinburgh

1773 James Rankin established a flint glassworks at Leith; other works opened and closed over the years.

1864 the Leith Walk Glassworks was built by J. Thomas

1865 Sold to the firm of Jenkinson

1876 moved to larger premises at Norton Park, Abbey Hill, which had a 12-pot furnace.

1878 Products admired at Paris Exhibition.

Jenkinsons continued to specialise in decorated tableware until World War I compelled them to turn to making glassware for war-time use.

WWI Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Co shifted production from tableware to electric light bulbs, especially miniature lamps for miners helmets and lamps for signalling; also specialised in wireless valves[1].

1920 Acquired by British Glass Industries through a company established to amalgamate and control various glass making enterprises which is called Webb's Crystal Glass Co Ltd[2].

1955 Name retained until this date when it became Edinburgh Crystal Glass.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Glass-Making in England, by H. J. Powell
  2. The Times, 9 January 1920
  • The Story of Edinburgh Crystal (1977) [1]