Whimsey glass

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Whimsey glass is work that is created for no useful purpose, so named as it is made on a whimsey of the glassmaker. Glassmakers would make whimsies on their breaks or at the end of the day with any extra molten glass left in the pot.[1] They would often bring the objects home to their families. Also known as friggers, it became one of the most sought-after styles of glass during the 19th-century, especially representations of boots and shoes, though this style of glass is first recorded in 15th-century Germany.[2] During the 19th century its popularity was as a souvenir but also due to its display in trade exhibitions.

Glass whimseys are variously spelled whimsies, wimsy, wimsies, and whimsy, and are also called friggers or end-of-days (as they were often made at the end of the work day).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Glass Dictionary: Frigger". Corning Museum of Glass. Corning Museum of Glass. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "whimsey glass." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2012.