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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. 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. 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).
- "Glass Dictionary: Frigger". Corning Museum of Glass. Corning Museum of Glass. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- "whimsey glass." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2012.