Side Lever Glass Press, Used by Fostoria Glass Company, 1890-1920

Summary

As early as the 1820s, American glass manufacturers mass-produced pressed glassware to meet the demands of a rapidly-growing population. Using presses to shape molten glass in intricately engraved molds, workers could churn out highly decorative -- yet affordable -- pieces that looked like expensive cut or etched glass. By the late 19th century most Americans owned a set of pressed glass tableware.

As early as the 1820s, American glass manufacturers mass-produced pressed glassware to meet the demands of a rapidly-growing population. Using presses to shape molten glass in intricately engraved molds, workers could churn out highly decorative -- yet affordable -- pieces that looked like expensive cut or etched glass. By the late 19th century most Americans owned a set of pressed glass tableware.

Artifact

Glass-press

Date Made

1890-1920

Creators

Unknown

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

82.86.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cast Iron
Steel

Dimensions

Height: 7 ft

Width: 4 ft

Length: 6 ft

Inscriptions

cast in mold clamp handle: I-J-106; S; Cast in upper frame: I-J-303.

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