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Have You Ever Heard the Name DEMING JARVES?

When I was a youngster, my family didn't have a lot of money, but my father insisted (and she loved it) that my mother not work to bring in additional income. Rather, she would maintain the home and engage in a host of other activities, including shopping. She managed, in addition, to find time to engage in some interesting pursuits. But being a social creature, she wanted someone to share activities with her. I was there. And oddly, I usually found her activities most interesting...

She went to flower shows and raised African violets. She searched the tombstones for family members. She went to musical concerts and outdoor performances (such as the Robin Hood Dell in Philadelphia and the Camden County Music Fair in New Jersey). She collected antique glass, and in particular antique "salts". Salts are little glass containers on the dining room table during the 1800s and early 1900s. The salt was pinched out and sprinkled on the food. Never shaken from a dispenser - too uncouth!

When it comes to the manufacture of antique glass, particularly of antique pressed glass, there is no more famous name than Deming Jarves. In fact, Sandwich Glass, named for Sandwich, Massachusetts, was founded by Deming Jarves. Mr. Jarves was a most interesting man. Although history has a way of evolving with time, he seems to have been the model employer, caring deeply and providing well for his employees. And his business boomed, bringing prosperity to surrounding residents.

Glassblowers would blow glass into molds, producing luxurious glassware at an affordable price. If you think glass is beautiful and collectible, why not explore just a little of the history briefly touched upon in this article?

Sandwich Glass Museum: HISTORY

Image Credit » PD 1854 Image from Reminiscences of Glass-Making by Deming Jarves

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MegL wrote on May 1, 2018, 8:57 AM

Glass is really interesting stuff. At school, I was told it was a supercooled liquid but I believe that idea has changed now.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:21 PM

Glass is made mainly or exclusively of sand is that not the truth Vincent? I mean, I heard something about lightening striking the sand at a beach creating unusual glass crystal formations. I love blown glass as well as colored glass used for beverages and stained glass window art. Thanks for sharing the article.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:25 PM

I was told that by a student friend of mine from high school days, as he said to me once, a glass plate window, over time will actually become thinner at the top and thicker at the bottom as it is in a state of constant change from gravity and that would make glass, a super cooled liquid that is only apparently stable to the human eye but it is in fact not a solid. That remains still a theory to me, unless someone who reads this knows more about glass as a super cooled liquid and is willing to share more information for me to look at.

VinceSummers wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:28 PM

It's NOT a supercooled liquid. They made glass by spinning. So it was thicker in spots and thinner in spots. It IS a solid.

VinceSummers wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:29 PM

It is largely sand. Combined with alkali. Sometimes other ingredients. Glass can be spectacular. But then, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

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Bensen32 wrote on May 1, 2018, 3:05 PM

I have seen them blowing glass at the ren fair and that is really cool. that is a talent to make really good ones.