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Friedrich Egermann Notebooks

Identifier: MS-0243

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains two notebooks attributed to the Bohemian glassmaker Friedrich Egermann. Neither notebook appears to be complete, and the bindings are no longer intact. The first, dating circa 1818 to 1854, contains remarks ("Anmerkungen") perhaps copied from various print sources, glass or glass-related recipes, account records, and notes. The earliest pages, bearing the dates 1818 and 1820, appear to be repurposed ledger sheets from another source.

The second notebook is most likely a record of addresses and correspondence. Dated between 1851 and 1857, the address, salutations, and correspondence fragments may provide insight into the buyers of Egermann's glass wares. Both notebooks are handwritten in German script.

In addition to the notebooks, researchers will find information about their previous owners and an undated note regarding a capital investment.


  • Circa 1818-1857


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Friedrich Egermann (1777-1864) was a Bohemian glassworker and chemist born in Šluknov, a town in what is now the Czech Republic. Egermann apprenticed with both his uncle in Bohemia and later in Meissen, Germany, before establishing a glass workshop in Nový Bor. There he created opaque glass in rich colors, the most famous of which was a ruby red. Another of his inventions, Lithyalin glass, was a polished, marbled glass that imitated the appearance of semiprecious stones. Egermann's work was later copied throughout Bohemia and the rest of Europe.

After his death, Egermann’s son, Friedrich Jr., continued in his father’s trade.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Both notebooks are quite fragile, but a book cradle or pillow is not recommended.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired prior to 1976. Other acquisition information is unknown.

Accession 2021.020

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Friedrich Egermann Notebooks, Circa 1818-1857
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
November 2, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA