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Tumbler

Date:
1850–60
Geography:
Probably made in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Pressed glass
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Emily Winthrop Miles, 1946
Accession Number:
46.140.41
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
With the development of new formulas and techniques, glass-pressing technology had improved markedly by the late 1840s. By this time, pressed tablewares were being produced in large matching sets and innumerable forms. During the mid-1850s, colorless glass and simple geometric patterns dominated. Catering to the demand for moderately-priced dining wares, the glass industry in the United States expanded widely, and numerous factories supplied less expensive pressed glassware to the growing market. At the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations at New York’s Crystal Palace in 1853, for example, the New England Glass Company exhibited 130 pieces of one design, "consisting of bowls, tumblers, champagnes, wines, and jelly glasses." This object belongs to one such service. Although the glass manufactory is not known, the glassware is very typical of the large services that were very popular with America’s middle class in the nineteenth century.
Mrs. Emily Winthrop Miles, New York, until 1946
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