Glass Industry in South Boston
Author: Joan E. Kaiser
Foreword: J. Garrison Stradling
Publisher/Date: University Press of New England (c. 2009)
Format/Condition: New cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 284 pages, appendix, notes, index; 9 x 12 inches. 413 illustrations with 266 in color.
Description: A history of and collectors’ guide to nineteenth-century glass manufacturing in South Boston, Massachusetts.
From the dust jacket:
After painstaking research (with the help of the Big Dig), renowned appraiser Joan E. Kaiser has created the most detailed and accurate historical narrative of and guide to the glass factories of South Boston. The furnaces of South Boston far exceeded in number the well-known and well-researched Sandwich glass factories. Due in part to the destruction of business records in the great Boston fire of 1872, however, these factories were largely forgotten or their history misunderstood, with their products conflated with those of other nineteenth-century New England glass manufacturers.
Detailing the history and output of more than twenty-five flint glass, bottle glass, and window glass companies from 1811 to the end of the century, Kaiser provides collectors with the most complete pictorial guide to the glass of South Boston now available on the market. With a foreword by J. Garrison Stradling, this lavishly illustrated volume is both a fascinating history and an absolute necessity for museums, auction houses, and serious collectors of early American glassware.Contents
Foreword – J. Garrison Stradling
• An Overview 1811–1896
• Settling South Boston 1630–1811
• South Boston’s First Furnaces: South Boston Crown Glass Works, South Boston Flint Glass Works 1811–1847
• The Glassworks of Thomas H. Cains: South Boston Flint Glass Works, Cains’ Glass House, Phoenix Glass Works 1812–1872
• Patrick F. Slane, America’s Forgotten Glassmaker: A Study of the American Glass Company 1847–1857
• Deming Jarves and the Mount Washington Glass Works c. 1840–1870
• Joshua Jenkins and the Suffolk Glass Company 1850–1885
• Vasa Murrhina Art Glass Company: John Charles DeVoy, Superintendent 1883
• Common Bottles and Flasks
• The Window Glass Business
• The Dillaway Family, Mold Makers to the Glass Industry
Appendixes: Hawes and Hersey’s Glassware Press
Downer Kerosene Oil Company
The Siemens Regenerative Gas Furnace
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