How can I care for glass objects?

Glass and ceramic objects are very fragile and need to be handled carefully. It is best to handle or move glass objects as little as possible in order to minimize risk. Handling can cause surface discolouration or smudging, so use clean, bare hands or tight fitting nitrile gloves (cotton gloves can lead to slipping). Always lift an object from its strongest point, rather than from its handles or other protrusions that might break off.

When moving or storing an object, make sure that it is well padded and secured in a tray or container, and kept in an area where it won’t be knocked over by passers-by. Similarly, if an item is on display, ensure that it is very securely mounted and not in an area where visitors can accidentally nudge it.

Learn more about how to care for glass objects:


CCI Notes

(Canadian Conservation Institute)

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Words


Historical Glass Bottle Identification & Information

(Society for Historical Archaeology Inc.)

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