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.