2 Glass Window Blinds

Object Name: 
2 Glass Window Blinds

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Object Name: 
2 Glass Window Blinds
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Overall H: 92 cm, W: 82.5 cm; Each Panel L: 92 cm, W: 21.5 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Elias B. Hungerford (American, 1825–1887) received a patent for these glass window blinds in 1866. They were designed, he said, “to give the light which enters the room any desired tint to correspond with the color of wallpaper, carpet or furniture, thus giving a most pleasing and harmonizing appearance.” The blinds were not a commercial success, and only a few sets survive. This set came from Hungerford’s house in Corning.
Swain, Mrs. Frank, Source
Primary Description: 
Green, amber non-lead glasses; pressed glass slats, hand-made wooden frame. Each slat is an elongated rectangle of green or yellow glass with a glass rod in the center as an integral part; the ends of the rod fit into holes in the rectangular wooden frame. Two shutters, each hinged in the middle, come together to cover a window. Each shutter has two sections of amber slats and two of green.
Connections & innovation: from Brooklyn to Corning: 150 Years of Glassmaking in Corning, New York, 1868-2018 (2018) illustrated, p. 5 (center);
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 33; BIB# 134856
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 33; BIB# 134015
Glass Window Blinds (adult) (2011)BIB# 134373