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Chance Brothers was a leading glass manufacturer and a pioneer of British glassmaking technology. Founded in Smethwick in the 1820s, the business continues today as specialist glass manufacturers. Amongst its more well-known works is the glazing for the Crystal Palace which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851, as well as the opal glass for the four faces of the clock of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at the Palace of Westminster. The company produced stained glass in the mid-nineteenth century, but by the 1860s realised they could not compete with the specialist studios.
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