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 slop bowl is ornamented with a scene of a drying room with a potbelly stove and crucibles. 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 (1988.391.1) and an 1861 compote (1972.232.1) made for President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.
Marking: [marked on underside]: WwH
Christian Dorflinger, 1863; his daughters, Nellie Jane and Katharine Louise Dorflinger; their niece, Isabel Lambert Dorflinger, Camden, Maine, until 1988