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KEENE (New Hampshire) GLASS WORKS: A factory for making glass bottles, flasks and decanters was started here in 1816 on Marlboro Street, but it was not until some years later, under the management of Justus Perry, that success crowned their efforts. The factory remained in operation until 1850. In the earlier years of its operation clear flint glass was produced to some extent, also blown three-mold glass in amber and olive-green. Another factory called the New Hampshire Glass Factory was started on Prison Street at about the same time as the other, producing window glass, bottles and "off hand" pieces blown by the workmen for home use. This plant was destroyed by fire in 1855. Most of the Keene bottles and flasks are in varying shades of green and amber, although some are of a bluish color. Those best known are the "Sunburst" and Masonic-Eagle designs, of which the "Sunburst" is, perhaps, the best. The glass is heavy, rather coarse in texture, and in a wide range of colors. The off hand pieces, which the blowers were allowed to make for themselves for home use, are very rare.


KENTUCKY GLASS WORKS: This factory started at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1850 and made bottles, demijohns, jars and flasks. After a few years the name was changed to the Louisville Glass Works (q.v.).

KNOBS: Glass handles or knobs for furniture were usually made of pressed glass in a wide range of patterns and sizes. Some were also of blown glass and some of cut glass. There was a considerable variety of colors: clear white, opaque white, opal and light blue, the most common. The larger ones were also used to support pictures and mirrors and to hold back curtains. Quantities of these glass knobs were made at Sandwich, Pittsburgh and other glass factories.