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