Beaded Match Safe

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Object Name: 
Beaded Match Safe
Accession Number: 
Overall L: 21 cm, W: 13.4 cm, D: 2.9 cm
Not on Display
about 1917
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Stillman Family
Primary Description: 
Beaded Match Safe. Transparent yellowish green, opaque white, transparent bluish red, colorless, multi colored glass beads, cardboard, cotton; tooled, pulled, cut, fire polished, strung, sewn, mounted. Cardboard base in the shape of a shield with scalloped edges, to which a cardboard pocket with two compartments is mounted. The cardboard is covered (glued?) with cotton fabric of natural color and sewn along the edges. A double border of green beads, sewn to the fabric, outlines the shield and the pocket. Suspended from the bottom edge are three beaded tassels. Each compartment of the pocket is decorated with a stylized sheaf of wheat (feathers?) in opaque white and transparent bluish red beads. Beneath the pocket is the beaded date "1917" and a stylized spray to the right. Above the pocket is a bird in profile acing left, made of opaque white beads with a bluish red beak and a blue eye. The field to its right and left is decorated with a stylized spray. Two colorless beads are sewn beneath the beak.
Stillman, Bonnie (Mrs. Paul), Source
Stillman, Paul, Source
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 2022-05-15 through 2023-01-08
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass is an exhibition of glass objects with rich stories presented in ways that allow visitors to share their perspectives on what they are seeing as they tour the exhibition. The exhibition explores how objects can reveal stories about people across time and place, providing connections to the past, meaning in the present, and even ways to consider the future. More than 10 distinct vignettes will investigate how the Museum can broaden voices and narrative in our galleries. Generally, labels that accompany objects in museum galleries are written by museum curators and educators—and often focus on just one of an almost infinite number of possible stories and meanings. In this exhibition, objects—either alone or as a group—and their stories provide an entry point for further conversation.  Exhibition visitors will be introduced to the idea that the stories objects tell are always evolving. In fact, it is happening around them in the exhibition space. Visitors will be able to share their thoughts and add their ideas to the exhibition.
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-05-18 through 2014-01-05
For 30,000 years, mankind has crafted beads from natural materials. With the discovery of glassmaking in the second millennium B.C., glass began to be used for this same purpose. Glass beads are universal. They have been produced throughout the 35 centuries of glass manufacturing, and by nearly every culture in the world. The glass beads and beaded objects on view in this exhibition are arranged thematically, comparing the manner in which diverse cultures have utilized beads, frequently for the same purposes, but sometimes for unique reasons. These themes explore how glass beads adorn the body and our possessions; how they convey messages about power and wealth, and identify the stages of human life; how they serve ritual purposes, as well as decorate clothing and objects used in rituals; and how they have been employed across the centuries as a means of exchange, both commercial and cultural. Through the centuries, beads have been made using a variety of processes. Understanding how beads were made has allowed scholars to follow the transmission of beads and beadmaking techniques across the globe. Across time and around the world, glass beads have become a common element of mankind. Through their manufacture and function, they are one of the strings that bind humanity together. “Life on a String” celebrates this common bond while also revealing the distinctiveness of different societies through their use of glass beads to celebrate their unique cultural heritage.
Glass Beads: Selections from The Corning Museum of Glass (2013) illustrated, pp. 60-61, no. 38; BIB# 134720