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Very Large Sandwich Bell Jar Lantern

Item Code: 767L
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  • Circa 1850
  • Cut glass grape and dart design
  • Decorative cast details of brass
  • Overall: 37" drop x 11" diameter
  • Glass jar : 11" diameter x 14 1/2" length x 9 12/" Bell
  • Drop can be adjusted if desired.
  • Available:1
    The Boston and Sandwich Glass Company was incorporated in 1826 to hold the glass factory built a year earlier in Sandwich, Massachusetts, by Deming Jarves. The factory was closed in 1888 amid disputes with the newly formed glassmaker's labor union.
    The molds for pressing glass were metal, hand-carved by mold-makers. The early pressing process often created surface imperfections due to the different cooling rates of the glass and molds. Small circles or dots were added to the early pressed designs, called stipples. The dots help to refract the light through the glass and to draw the human eye away from those surface imperfections.
    In the 1840s and 1850s, the company perfected the pressing processes further to eliminate surface imperfections. They mass-produced a stunning spectrum of colored tableware, including lamps, spoonholders, perfume bottles, candlesticks, and celery vases.

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