NEW EXHIBIT “GORGEOUS GLASSWARE” – A new glassware exhibit presents a wide variety of late 19th and early 20th century pieces. dsc_0213

You may have heard of Carnival Glass, but did you know it earned its name as cheaply made pieces given away at carnivals and promotions? Compotes, like those shown above, were serving dishes originally created for a culinary dish of that name. This mixture of fruits, syrup and nuts was an inexpensive and popular meal item, and so was the glassware meant to serve it.

You’ll also see Overshot Glass; Sandwich Glass; bread platters bearing the words “Our Daily Bread,” other slogans and sheaves of wheat; an unusual fish-shaped fish platter; and highly colored, iridescent glass.

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