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The New England Glass Company

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By 1819 Bakewell's had its first real competitor for fine glassware in the New England Glass Company at Cambridge, Massachusetts. However, this company was established for the purpose of taking away the New England market from the Anglo-Irish companies. The Cambridge company copied the imported ware so well, that the collector can seldom distinguish the two.



This factory continued making high-grade wares until 1888. Like Bakewell's, its early products were principally fine blown lead glass which was cut and engraved with Anglo-Irish patterns. Lamp fonts, lamp shades, and bottles of various kinds were also made. Some Blown Three-mold was made. Some small objects such as salts were pressed as early as 1820, but pressed glass was never made at Cambridge to the extent it was produced at either the Sandwich factory or in the Midwest. In the period after the Civil War, ornamental glasses such as Peachblow and Amberina were invented to compete with the Pittsburgh ware. The New England Glass Company was forced to close, like other factories in the area, because competition from Midwestern glasshouses was too great. The latter had better fuel, a better labor supply, and a better market.



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