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