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Fossite Glass Memorial Chippings   Tuesday 25 September, 2012
Summary:

Research into Fossite raises more questions than answers.

Content:

Occasionally our memorial customers refer to green glass chippings as Fossite – so we set out to discover why.

The first world war saw a move away from Victorian style ostentatious memorials to simpler granite “kerb sets” with an infill of either concrete slabs or poured concrete. It would appear at this time that marble, granite or occasionally spar chippings were used as a decorative infill.

The first evidence we have of green glass being used as a memorial topping is on a kerb set dated 1949 which shows glass embedded into a poured concrete surface, as the image opposite demonstrates.

The use of green glass became very popular as a memorial topping during the 50’s 60’s, and 70’s, however, more recently a variety of colours have come into vogue with blues and reds becoming more acceptable, particularly in locations with sporting or recreational association.

Glass memorial topping is an excellent example of recycling. Glass is reclaimed from bottle banks, crushed and melted down with pigments being added to form distinctive green, turquoise and cobalt colours, but what we have been unable to discover is which came first, the product or the application?

Further, we have been unable to establish the origin of the term Fossite – we did, however, discover that the name was registered by Coloured Glass Products Ltd of Highbridge in 1962, but that company no longer exists. We would welcome information from anyone who may be able to provide further insight.

Re-assuringly the product is still produced to its original formulation. Our Enviro-Glass chippings are idential to those produced over fifty years ago and are frequently used for renovation and new memorials.

Update 21/10/12 Fossite is in fact derived from the French, La Fosse a grave - itself derived form the Latin fossa a ditch or trench.




Extra Information:

For more information, please visit this related link:  Recycled Glass Memorial Topping.



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