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Woven Glass Neck Tie

This woven glass neck tie is believed to have been purchased at a Paris exhibition in the late 1800s. The technology for making glass fibres was new in the 19th century and was pioneered by an American company owned by Edward Drummond Libbey. The fibres could be wound onto a spool and woven together with silk threads to make items such as neck ties, lamp shades, dolls, and even gowns. One glass dress was made for actress Georgia Cayvan and another for Princess Eulalia of Spain. Whilst the glass gowns looked impressive in the way they caught the light, the fibres were too coarse for the fabric to be folded, making them uncomfortable to wear.