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Derby Crown Glass Co

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Derby Crown Glass Company

  • 1916 Started to manufacture optical glass; the only company which had been making it in the UK up to then had been Chance Brothers and Co[3].
  • 1921 Charles Parsons, who was interested in acoustics and in optics, in addition to his other businesses, and organized a special department for the production of searchlight reflectors at Heaton, acquired a controlling interest in the optical firm of Ross Ltd, of Clapham, where he improved the methods of glass-grinding. He also purchased the Derby Crown Glass Co to improve the basic glass. The Parsons Optical Glass Co produced many different types of glass for optical purposes.

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Sources of Information

  1. Glass-Making in England, by H. J. Powell
  2. Glass-Making in England, by H. J. Powell
  3. The Times, 5 February 1921
  4. The Times, 9 January 1919