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Found this in a box with some 1940s drawer handles, lightbulbs, hinges and various hardware type things.

Does anyone recognize this as anything or was someone just dabbling in glassblowing?

 

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Hi again! It is probably a glass counter from the late 1800s. Workers at glass factories used to use glass rings as counters to keep track of their output.

Fascinating! Can you recommend a source where I can read about this? I love studying turn of the century industry! I've studied the coal mining industry and the slaughthouses of the midwest. Both quite gruesome. I'd much rather read about glassmaking.

http://recycled-relics.myshopify.com/products/antique-electric-knob...

Here is a link to more of these glass items you have there. An antique glass insulator.

In the image I linked to, the smaller round item attached at the top is the knob (Small cylindrical insulator used to secure house wiring or the cylindrical member projecting out from the insulator body for tying the line wire.), missing from yours.

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