This book was originally published in 1951 by
Chance Brothers Limited to celebrate its 100th anniversary of Lighthouse
manufacturing. Fortuitously, 1951 also represented the anniversary of the Great
Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace that Chance Brothers was responsible for
glazing with around one million square foot of sheet glass.
We have painstakingly reconstructed this text to mark our Bicentenary Celebration, read on to find out more and obtain your very own copy.
Although the factory closed all operations in
1981 – 159 years after its foundation – its legacy lived on with domestic
glassware, tubing and optical products.
MIRROR FOR CHANCE was more than just about a company trumpeting its
achievements; it delved into the working conditions and manufacturing
capabilities of the time with dozens of high quality photos taken around the
Image from of workers installing Flashed Chance Opal Glass in Big Ben
Chance Hysil conical and bolthead flasks stacked ready for despatch; these large flasks are used for distillation and vacuum work.
The items Chance Brothers produced were highly
diverse. Many people consider them to be just manufacturers of flat glass, but
there are so many achievements that are overlooked: precision glass tubing,
interchangeable syringes, fibreglass, Ballotini glass beads, domestic
glassware, lighting globes, petrol pump globes, heat-resistant laboratory ware,
optical glass, and that is before we start on the Engineering Division:
telephone exchanges, standby generators, airport lighting, Sumo pumps,
MIRROR FOR CHANCE was more than just about a company trumpeting its achievements; it delved into the working conditions and manufacturing capabilities of the time with dozens of high quality photos taken around the factory.
Hardcover, 72ppSize: 220x285mm, 10mm spineWeight: 600gms