New England Glass Company (American, East Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1818–1888)
Made in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Blown, cut, and engraved glass
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
Purchase, Judith F. and William H. Hernstadt Gift, and Robert G. Goelet Gift, 1980
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
Depictions of glasshouses on glassworks are rare. The engraving on this important presentation vase depicts the New England Glass Company with the chimneys of its three furnaces—two for glass and one for lead. The inscription “From / Henry Whitney / to / Thomas Leighton / East Cambridje / August 1843 / A token of grateful remembrance” highlights two notable figures of the New England Glass Company, Henry Whitney and Thomas Leighton. The vase was presented to Leighton on Whitney’s retirement from the firm in 1843.
Inscription: inscribed on the back of urn: from / Henry Whitney / to / Thomas Leighton / East Cambridge / August 1843 / A token of grateful remembrance