Sometimes a document can completely baffle me for a while, at least. Even friend Google let me down on this one.
Today in 1704 Bowrey paid his account amounting to £12/16/09 with Matthew Weston, ingraver. The writing is clear and there should be nothing unusual about this receipt – but it is the details that had me puzzling :
- 47 Painted Bubbles att 2s:9d (?) painting . . 6:09:03
- 52 Engrav’d Bubbles att 2s:6d (?) Engraved . . 6:07:06
My guess first guess was that these Bubbles may have been the small glass window panes used before plate glass was developed. Bowrey did have a number of houses built in Goodmans Fields around this time. But, if that was correct, why would they be painted or engraved?
Eventually I decided that they must be glass hubblebubbles, perhaps some of the 200 Bowrey purchased a week or so earlier (and the indecipherable word was yours). Although surely engraving the glass would weaken it, making it unsuitable for heating?
I should be interested in any suggestions anyone may have.