Provincial Grand Lodge Of Gloucestershire

The Firing Glass Man

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The Firing Glass Man

Although well known as a very active mason around Chipping Sodbury, if you mention the name Tony Putterill anywhere else in the Province, he’ll simply be known as the ‘Firing Glass Man’.   Over many years, Tony has had an excellent relationship with the craftsmen and ladies at Bristol Blue Glass; commissioning a score or more of different firing glasses* commemorating any number of masonic events.  And it’s not just been in blue; on rare occasion there have been specimens in green and red too!  These projects have raised over twenty thousands pounds for masonic causes.

This achievement has been spotted by United Grand Lodge, and Mark Dennis, the museum curator, has now ordered five examples to go on display there; ‘Goose & Gridiron’, “We’ll Meet  Again’, ‘Edward Jenner Bicentenary’, ‘Grand Lodge Tercentenary’, and ‘Lest We Forget’.  Tony is going up to London soon to present the glasses, so watch this space for more coverage.  Mark Dennis has also indicated he is keen to accept an invitation to the Bristol blue Glass Works to view how it’s done.

We thank Dick Smith for the article and photo.

*A drinking glass with a and a thick foot. On ceremonial occasions, firing glasses were rapped loudly on the table, making a noise that resembled a volley of gunfire. At one time firing glasses were commonly used for toasting at masonic banquets.

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Firing Glasses to be Displayed at the UGLE Museum
The Firing Glass Man