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It is hard to get our minds around life in the 1830s in America. There were a few large cities, but most lived in smaller, rural areas. Clothes were seldom 'store bought' so all of the clothing for the family of the 1830s had to be hand stitched. It wasn't until Lewis & Clark had explored the West in the 1840s that wagon trains began migrating west. So some of that sewing had to be done in the back of a covered wagon.
| Deming Jarves, b. 1790, became the manager of the newly formed New England Glass Co. in 1818. He organized a new glass company in 1825 in Sandwich, on Cape Cod, soon to be named the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. It was making cup plates by 1827.
In order to overcome many problems in the attempt to press glass into molds, these early molds were made with busy & delicate ornate designs all on a finely stippled background. The look reminded early 20th Collectors of fine lace so the term "Lacy Glass" emerged & is still used today.
The very beginning of pressing glass in America was limited
to small and simple shapes. Drawer knobs & pulls were no doubt among the first items produced... also master salts, cup plates, and other items. There were no 'sets of dishes' made in Lacy Glass.