For this special feature, Glass International is pleased to publish an extract from a new book, ‘The Golden Age of English Glass 1650-1775’, by Dwight P Lanmon, FSA. This beautifully presented book features 150 objects from the collection of John H Bryan, ranging from c.1650 to 1809. These enable a full and detailed discussion of the history of English glassmaking during its critical period of innovation and its world triumph. The following extract is taken from the chapter ‘A Brief History of Glassmaking in England’.