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We have not found a definite source for the term “glory hole” and its history. 

Several years ago, it was suggested by Otto Hilbert (a Corning Glass Works historian) that the term comes from the religious idea of “glory” – when you put glass into the glory hole you can imagine a halo effect. The Oxford English Dictionary definition for “glory” seems to fit this idea. The term’s use is recorded in glassmaking texts by the mid-1800s: A. Pellatt’s Curiosities of Glass Making, 1849, p. 65 and Harper’s Magazine, July 1889, p. 230. The religious connotations of “glory” are compatible with religion influencing life in general during this period.