M992.6.38 | Bowl

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1875-1900, 19th century
7 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Newlands Coburn
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Flowers, plants, animals, images taken from nature are found everywhere in the home. Beyond screens and chairs, even decorative rectangular bowls feature flora and fauna. The outside of this dish has a "beaded grape," or "Hamilton grape," motif. Such designs are featured on glass produced in both Ontario and Nova Scotia and available throughout eastern Canada. Pressed glass tablewares like this are popular towards the last decade of the 19th century.

Janet Holmes, "Glass and the Glass Industry," in The Book of Canadian Antiques, ed. Donald Blake Webster (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1974), pp. 268-81.

Hilda Jennings Spence and Kelvin Spence, A Guide to Early Canadian Glass (Don Mills, Ont.: Longmans Canada, 1966), p. 43.

Doris Joyce Unitt, and Peter Unitt, Treasury of Canadian Glass (Peterborough, Ont.: Clock House, 1969), p. 64.

Source : Crowding the Parlour [Web tour], by Jane Cook, McGill University (see Links)

  • What

    This is a moulded and pressed glass dish with grape and vine exterior decoration and beaded rim. Bowls like this were made of clear flint and green glass.

  • Where

    It was probably manufactured in Ontario, but glassware like this was popular among middle-class families throughout North America.

  • When

    It was made in the last quarter of the 19th century.

  • Who

    The Burlington Glass Works (1874-98) and Sydenham Glass Company (1894-1913) augmented lamp and bottle production with tableware, as did the Nova Scotia Glass Company (1881-92).