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During this time the English became famous for the excellence of their "glass of lead".
Invented by George Ravenscroft in the late 17th century, it took over in favour from Venetian soda glass which had dominated the European market for centuries.
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, which provided the first attempt at classification of English drinking glasses.
Indeed Hartshorne's seminal work still forms the basis of the classification broadly adopted by specialists today for 18 century English drinking glasses, the sector which makes up the biggest slice of this particular market.