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Antique Glass: Peachblow Art Glass
( Article orginally published January 1944 )
Peachblow, one of the most popular wares in the closing years of the Victorian era, originated at the New England Glass Company. Although it was a beautiful glass, it was not a commercial success and a very little was made. Specimens are accordingly rare. The name was derived from the Chinese peachblow porcelain, which it resembled in coloring.
After the sale in 1886 of the original Morgan Peachblow Vase for $18,000, a type of glass called peachblow was made by the New England Glass Company of Cambridge; Hobbs, Brockunier & Company at Wheeling; and the Mount Washington Glass Company in New Bedford. Agata glass, resembling peachblow, with a spattered mottling in glossy finish, was also made at Cambridge.
Cambridge peachblow shades from a cream white to a violet red; the Mount Washington peachblow from a bluish white to a bluish pink; both of one composition throughout. The Wheeling peachblow, always white lined, shades from yellow to deep ruby red. Mid-Western factories developed other varieties sold as peachblow, thus the flexibility of the title at that time. The legal use of the name peachblow was given the New England Glass Company, who retained the trade name "ambering". The Mount Washington Company used the term "wild rose" or "rose amber" for their similar product.
The fabrics of the Victorian era were satin and plush, lavishly used. Thus the two finishes of glass of that day-satin and plush, bright or dull. The velvety finish was produced by means of an acid bath. This ornamental glass, both free-blown and blown and molded, are of the finest form and coloring, having a special appeal to collectors.