Pressed Lacy Glass Window Pane

Object Name: 
Pressed Lacy Glass Window Pane

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Object Name: 
Pressed Lacy Glass Window Pane
Accession Number: 
2004.4.75
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 24.4 cm, W: 35 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1845-1860
Credit Line: 
Purchased with funds from the Mrs. Jason Westerfield Estate, by exchange
Web Description: 
An intriguing new acquisition is a very large windowpane, which was probably made at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company on Cape Cod in the mid-19th century. This is the only known pane in this pattern. In the 1830s and 1840s, pressed glass windowpanes were advertised by several factories in Pittsburgh, Wheeling, and New England, but all of these versions are quite rare. Several smaller panes are known from the Pittsburgh factory of Bakewell, Page and Bakewell, and at least two cupboards have been found with the Bakewell panes installed in the doors. Bakewell's factory also advertised glass for steamships, although no illustrations of this glass have been found to date. The large size of this example, as well as its somewhat simpler and probably later design, may indicate that it was installed directly into a house, perhaps as a transom. One other large pressed glass pane is known, and although it probably dates from the same period, it is slightly smaller and in a different pattern. The Museum owns one of these in opalescent glass, which was found in a building in Sandwich, and three or four others are known in golden amber glass. It is possible that the large panes are the size used in steamships as well as in houses. The purchase of our newly acquired pane was made possible by funds from the bequest of Mrs. Jason Westerfield.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Stradlings, Source
2004-10-19
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Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; pressed. Rectangular window pane pressed in a design which has fans in the corners and an eight-pointed star in the center (four large points with vertical ribs; four small points with horizontal ribs) and four stippled oak leaves around the star; dots outlining the sections of the pattern; plain beveled edge.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2004 (2005) illustrated, p. 12; BIB# AI90240
Recent Important Acquisitions, 47 (2005) illustrated, p. 227, #26; BIB# AI66969