Decorator George Franklin Lapham
Manufacturer Boston & Sandwich Glass Company American
Richly colored glass in the Bohemian taste, ornamented with cutting and engraving, attracted the American public beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. This whiskey decanter, in a shape typical of the 1860s and 1870s, is distinguished by its brilliant faceting and detailed depiction of fruit, revealing the skill of the engraver. As a testament to its quality, Lapham signed and dated the work. The decanter was owned by William Kern, a glassworker who was presented with over fifty pieces of blown and engraved glass upon his retirement from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in 1867, after twenty-two years of employment.
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