In July of 2015, I was attending the Mega Antique Glass Convention in Indianapolis. With many different vintage glass clubs on hand, it was a great place to learn more about glass. My partner and I belong to various clubs including the West Virginia Museum of Glass, the National Fostoria Society of America, Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc. as well as our own South Florida Depression Glass Club.
As I was browsing through the many different displays, I came across the Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society display; which showed glass that I did not have much knowledge of. The booth was being attended at that time by Marion Frost and his wife Sandy, who specialize in the Pairpoint half of the glass society. I asked Mr. Frost about a set of stemware that had been very difficult to identify, but I thought was surely Pairpoint. With the help of Mr. Frost, weeks after the show, as well as his Pairpoint Glass Knowledge Center website, which has thousands of photos for identification, I discovered that my stemware was not Pairpoint at all; in fact it was Webb Corbett. As Mr. Frost explained to me, Webb Corbett engraving patterns are “eerily similar” to Pairpoint’s. He showed me other things to look for which I found. Then I found my exact pattern shown on an eBay listing with a Webb Corbett signature. I was disappointed my stems are not Pairpoint, but the experience I had in finding that out was priceless.
I am a big collector of vintage glass as well as a dealer. Even with the hundreds of reference books I have, a lot are dated and do not always include every pattern made by every company. Mr. Frost directed me to his Pairpoint website. I have found that this website far surpasses any book I could ever own. To me, working with the MWPGS was the highlight of this convention and without the society’s knowledge and Mr. Frost’s help, I could have never been able to identify my beautiful stemware.
A Sincere "Thanks" to the Corning Museum of Glass and Jane Shadel Spillman.
In 2005, after many years of anticipation and waiting, the Antique Collectors' Club, with the assistance of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society - New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Arts, supported the publication of the first volume of the significant and definitive history of Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass manufacture. Kenneth Morley Wilson, a noted historian of glass manufacture in America, who was long associated with the Corning Museum of Glass and the Henry Ford Museum, contributed fifteen years of research to this opulent and invaluable research tool for scholars, collectors, dealers, and historians. Products discussed in Volume One include early art glasses, Rose Amber, Burmese, Peach Blow, Pearl Satin, Cameo, Coraline, novelties, salts, toothpick holders, pressed and blown wares, lamps and lamp chimneys, lanterns, chandeliers, etc. Shortly after its publication, Mr. Wilson passed away, to the sorrow of many.
Jane Shadel Spillman, Curator of American Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass (now retired) and current President of the National American Glass Club, accepted the responsibility for completing Mr. Wilson's Volume Two, which had been in the development stage prior to his passing. With the aid of Mr. Wilson's copius notes and records, the assistance from other collectors and researchers, and a fierce determination, Ms. Spillman sent Volume Two to press in 2012. The public release of this scholarly work coincided with a special and superb Mt. Washington Glass and Pairpoint Glass Exhibition at the Corning Museum of Glass, in May of 2012. This long-awaited second volume includes chapters on Royal Flemish, Albertine, Crown Milano, Crown Pairpoint (Pairpoint Limoges), Napoli (Neapolitan), Verona, the rich cut glass of the brilliant period, and the cut, engraved, and colored glasses that were produced by The Pairpoint Coporation and successor companies. The photography and content are wonderful, and exactly what anyone would expect at the hand of Jane Shadel Spillman.
Promoting the study and appreciation of Mt. Washington and Pairpoint decorative arts.