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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 20, 2021

57A American Green Glass Pitcher, “Juno’s pitcher”

from the Allaire Collection of Glass

Juno's pitcher

Height: 5 1/2 inches Date: Early 19th Century, South Jersey or New York State


Description: Free blown pitcher of natural colored green glass with tooling around a trefoil shaped rim and applied handle. The handle of this pitcher where applied from the rim down to body unlike Roman glass vessels in which handles where generally applied from the body up to the rim. The aesthetics of this object are wonderful for a simple early pitcher.

Remarks: All of the very early American glass companies 1608-1783 were opposed strongly by the British, and after a few years they failed. It was not until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, followed by the second war with Britain in 1812-1815 together with the trade embargo on British goods, that American glass manufacture really took off. Glass-making in America increased during every decade of the 19th century. In the 1820s, the American invention of how to make pressed glass made tableware affordable to middle-class households.  As the American industry and prosperity increased in the mid-1800s, a taste developed for ornate styles and complex decorations. It is very difficult if not impossible to find America glass made here before the year 1783.  Most of this glass of that period was imported from Europe.  Our interest in collecting early American glass falls in a very narrow range of years of manufacture, 1783 to 1850.  We also collect only free or mold blown vessels. When visiting glass shows in the United States the dealers will often have some European objects mixed in with the American glass and sometimes even an occasional Roman vessel.  It was these finds of European glass that got us started with collecting European glass.

Remarks II: Juno’s pitcher is the name we gave this object because we found it at a glass show and bought it on the same day our dog Juno died.

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