White glass

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Drinking glass
MFA# 36.31


Medieval window
MFA# 25.213

1) An opaque white colored glass.

2) An old name for Opal glass used prior to the 1800s. White glass was made opalescent by the addition of fluorides.

3) A colorless, transparent glass with no green tinge. Water white glass has a low iron content.

Synonyms and Related Terms

1: obscure glass; 2: opal glass; vidro opala (Port.) 3: water clear glass

Resources and Citations

  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998