Early American Flint
Glass Store Gallery
      Because all of the flint glass offered for sale here was created in America & most of it was made during the 1850s & 60s, we want to give a sense of the era. These were tumultuous times in America. Difficult economic conditions & the issue of States’ rights vs Federalism were dividing citizens.  Slave owners & abolitionists, those who wanted to abolish laws that kept African Americans enslaved, continued splintering the Country.   James Buchanan was President of the 33 states that comprised the United States as of 1860. Fiery black preacher Frederick Douglas & the 1857 Dred Scott decision sending freed slaves back to their former owners fueled the flames. Abraham Lincoln was practicing law, helping to form the Republican Party and was headed for the White House after the election in 1860. The resulting horrors of the decade of the 1860s are well known.
      In addition to these exploding political issues, the lot of the ‘everyday housewife’ who first owned this glass was just one step up from primitive. She had no running water, sanitary conditions were.. unsanitary, electricity was nonexistent, and every piece of this glass was delivered to its first owner at least in some part via horse based transportation.

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      Note how many glass houses made these patterns besides the Boston Sandwich Glass Co., discrediting the myth that all early glass is "Sandwich Glass".
Just think, the first woman to use most of these dishes
did not know at the time who would win the Civil War!!!
BUTTERMILK GOBLETS
(OPEN SUGARS)
These are all non-flint.
DECANTERS
Some of these
are non-flint.
DRINKWARE
EARLY BARWARE TUMBLERS, CHAMPAGNE GOBLETS, ALES &
WINE GOBLETS
EGG CUPS
This Store contains
non-flint as well as
flint glass egg cups.
WATER GOBLETS

SERVING PIECES
BOWLS (NAPPYS), COMPOTES, PLATES
&  PITCHERS

SPILL HOLDERS SUGAR BOWLS
These include both
covered & open (without lids) sugar bowls.
MASTER SALTS MISCELLANEOUS FORMS
LAMPS, CANDLE HOLDERS, HONEY DISHES, PERFUMES,
ETC.
TABLE SET PIECES
BUTTER DISHES,
CELERY VASES,
CREAMERS & SPOONERS

References:  Throughout our WebStores you will see key words used for books we trust for information about EAPG.  Below are the works to which they refer:
1) Metz    There are 2 books by Alice Hewlett Metz, Metz I(Early American Pattern Glass) & Metz II (Much More Early American Pattern Glass).  These are the perennial favorites for EAPG goblet identification.
2) Welker    The husband & wife authors of Pressed Glass In America, published in 1985.  The most comprehensive compilation of data about EAPG ever assembled in one volume.
3) Jenks    Bill Jenks & Darryl Riley are co-authors of the 'bible' of EAPG, Early American Pattern Glass; Collector's Identification & Price Guide 2nd Edition, 2002.  They also wrote the only book about EAPG reproductions. 
4) Unitt   There are 2 books, American & Canadian Goblets Volumes I & II written by Doris & Peter Unitt.   We call them Unitt I & Unitt II.
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Followup historical note:  In 1863, William Leighton set out to produce durable and pure colored glass containing no lead.  Many experiments later, he did it.  It cost less than 1/4 as much as traditional lead glass & worked better in a mold.  It revolutionized the American glass industry.