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Presented to Christian Dorflinger upon his retirement from the Long Island Flint Glass Works in 1863, this service (2006.90.1-4) is ornamented with meticulously chased scenes of the glassworks itself. The creampot features a vignette of a gaffer at his bench finishing a blown glass pitcher. The finials, cast in the form of glassblowers, also reference Dorflinger’s trade. Dorflinger was one of the most successful nineteenth-century American glassmakers, operating several factories in Brooklyn before his retirement. He later established a thriving glasshouse in White Mills, Pennsylvania. The Museum has two important glass items from Dorflinger's Brooklyn period: an 1859 presentation vase (1988.39 ...
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20.6 x 14.8cm
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