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Since the 13th century the Schwäbisch Forest was known as an important centre for glass making in Baden-Württemberg. Glass makers had all the necessary materials to hand: wood from the forests for firing the ovens and for the production of potash (which was used as a flux to lower the melting point of the ingredients), quartz sand as the main raw material for glass, and limestone to harden it.

Go for a tour of the world of the glass and mirror-makers. Items from olden times tell us what glass art was once produced in our forests. The exhibition presents glass from the Middle Ages to the present times under the following aspects:

Glass manufacturing, Raw materials and tools:
The exhibition shows the raw materials for glass making and glass-makers' tools like melting pots, blowpipes, pliers, scissors and a variety of forms made from clay, wood and iron. The great number of fragments of melting pots underlines their rather short lifetime.

Local „Greenglas“ from the 15th to the17th centuries:
You will find originals and replicas of the most popular forms of glasses and decorations from the 15th to the 17th century like „Trunkmugs“, „Roman“ glasses, „Kuttroff, „Pilgrims' flasks“ and double cone bottles. We also present 16thcentury clay forms for the making of ribbed jars, frame pieces from the mouth-holes of glass ovens. A great number of other informative fragments from ancient glass-works show the art of the glass-makers in the Schwäbisch Forest.   

From Greenglass to colourless glass:
Discover colourless glass from the 18th and 19th century: Flacons, jars, beer mugs and "stud mugs". Bull's-eye pans and their wedges recall the production of flat glass. Animal-shaped  "joke" glasses and bottles show that glass making was not always a matter of functionality but of unlimited imagination. 
We also have a rich collection of bottles, ink-pots, flat bottles, carboys and storage jars. 

Coloured glass: 
The couloring of glass was already known from the beginning of glass making, for example blue and opaque red items. Sometimes, colourless glass was painted or decorated with enamel as shown on the exposed beer-mugs, liquor glasses, stains and flacons. We also display filigree artwork from beatle to glass-eyes made by artists from Lauscha in Thuringia. 

Mirrors and the Spiegelberg glass-works
The Spiegelberg glass-works were quite remarkable because they were the only of the 16 glass-works in the Löwenstein mountains and the Mainhardt Forest to manufacture mirrors. Probably the last mirror produced here is proudly displayed in our museum. Information panels explain the manufacturing of flat glass and a rare layout map dated 1784 shows the different private and official buildings of the Spiegelberg glass-works.

Combine your stay in the  Schwäbisch Forest with a visit to our museum. You are welcome !

Historical background:
The exhibition "mirrors, lustre and shine of fire – an approach to the manufacturing of glass and mirrors" was opened for the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Spiegelberg in 2005. The tremendous success of this exhibition during that year led to a prolongation and then to the creation of a museum. To do this, some topics of the initial exhibition were changed and new items added.
Every year, the museum organizes a special exhibition on various topics

Opening times

Open daily during the official opening hours of the town hall

Monday to Friday:    8 am to 12 am
Monday afternoon:   3 pm to 6.30 pm
Thursday afternoon: 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Opening hours at weekends:  2 pm to 5 pm

January to April:​every 2nd Sunday of the month 
May to October:​every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
November and December: every 2nd Sunday of the month

Entrance fees:
Adults: 2 €,
Children up to 16 years: free

Guided tours outside the official opening times:
On reservation only, minimum charge 30 € (min. 10 persons)

 

Thanks for the translation to:
Manfred Schaible and Stephanie Graves

 

 

 

 

 

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