Air Trap

Description

The technique of producing air trap decorative effects in glass is described fully in the patent taken out by Benjamin Richardson in 1857.

Air trap decoration can be divided into two types. Air twist, a spiral of air tubes, and regular patterned air trap, where the air is trapped in patterns. Both forms were popular and produced by a number of the Stourbridge glass manufacturers and throughout the world, including Italian replicas.

Stevens & Williams specialised in the spiral air twist, which they called Verre de Soie. Thomas Webb & Sons had a greater variety of designs.

A group of satin air trap, including diamond mould (left) and Verre de Soie.

A group of satin air trap, including diamond mould (left) and Verre de Soie.

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