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During the mid-nineteenth century, the Gothic revival was a fashionable style for home furnishings. This sugar bowl, probably made by the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in Massachusetts, features a variety of the pointed arches that are a hallmark of the style. While this example is made from colorless opalescent glass, this pattern has been found in more different colors than any other sugar bowl pattern. Machine pressing of glass was an American invention of the 1820s, and it allowed factories such as the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company to succeed where earlier American glassworks had failed. Instead of using skilled craftsmen to blow glass, factories could now hire semiskilled workers to run pressing machines. This reduced costs, which helped American glass successfully compete with European products.

Geography: Made in Sandwich, Massachusetts

Culture: American

Period: 19th century

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Lewis Fox Frissell for the Lewis Fox Frissell, B.A. 1895, Collection of Sandwich Glass

1835-50
Pressed lead glass
13.7 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm
1940.424a-b
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