Woman’s Day Dictionary of SANDWICH GLASS (Nov, 1963)

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Woman’s Day Dictionary of SANDWICH GLASS

Photographs by BILL BEECHER

Pick up a piece of Sandwich glass and you hold in your hand a piece of America’s past. Lacy loveliness, satisfying design, glowing color are all part of its attraction, but it has historic appeal as well. Sandwich, the Cape Cod town which gave it its name, became important with the building of the glass factory there in 1825, but it was never an industrial town. Sandwich glass was the creation of people living in what was then, as it is now, an enchanting little New England village: the men made it, their wives and daughters decorated it, their sons Carried wood for the furnaces. Everyone took pride in his work, and the glass reflects all this. Today, with the factory long gone, Sandwich is still a glass town. Many of its homes boast pieces made by or for someone in the family, there are fabulous locally-owned collections, and every summer thousands of visitors revel in the magnificent display at the Sandwich Glass Museum, whose curator is a grandniece of Nicholas Lutz, one of the factory’s best-known craftsmen.

Sandwich glass became famous so early in the history of collecting that any lacy glass or overlay, for example, is apt to be called Sandwich. For our woman’s day Dictionary of Sandwich Glass, however, we have chosen only wares actually made at Sandwich. We think their charm, their beauty, and their astonishing variety will show you why this glass is almost certainly the best loved of all American antiques.

  1. Sub says: September 20, 201111:44 am

    That wood that the men carried for the furnaces deforested the province lands and messed up the cape… also sandwich is anything but charming

  2. George says: September 21, 20118:09 am

    @Sub “also sandwich is anything but charming”

    “Anything but charming” seem like a pretty strong statement for a place like Sandwich. Can you be more specific?

  3. Mcubstead says: September 21, 20115:06 pm

    I wonder how one determines where a piece of glass was made??

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