Purple haze: Evidence for a later date for solarized amethyst glass

17th November 2013

Australian Glass Manufacturers maker's mark in use 1934-1948 (published in Australian Archaeology 60:51).

Australian Glass Manufacturers maker’s mark in use 1934-1948 (published in Australian Archaeology 60:51).

Samantha Bolton

Introduction*

On historical sites, artefacts with datable attributes provide a terminus post or ante quem for a deposit. Glass is common on 19th and 20th century sites, and is useful as the period of manufacture can sometimes be determined. One attribute used to date glass artefacts is colour. However, the discovery of a piece of solarized amethyst glass with a post-1934 trademark casts doubt on the commonly accepted date of ca 1890-1916 for its manufacture. The artefact in question was found at Woolgangie town site, a rock catchment and railhead established in 1895. Woolgangie is located approximately 450 km east of Perth, Western Australia, along the transport route and settlement corridor to the Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie goldfields.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Bolton, S.
Purple haze: Evidence for a later date for solarized amethyst glass
2005
60
51–52
Short Report
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