Antique Glass, Bee, Engraved Glass, Handblown, Water Goblet, Wheat
I have owned a set of five of these goblets for quite a number of years. They are among my most treasured stems and I have never even used them. It is hard to describe how gorgeous they are, photos do not do them justice.
I had never been able to identify them. I even wrote to a few European glass specialists to determine if they could have been made in England or France.
Recently I was thrilled when someone posted an example of their own stem on the Glass made between 1914-1929 Facebook Group. The pattern is not exactly the same but the elements are the same.
A respondent on the site indicated that these stems were most likely made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. The pattern is called Bee and Wheat.
Although I have been to the Sandwich Glass Museum, I didn’t recall much about this particular company. Their is some interesting information on the Museum’s website about its history.
A listing on Worthpoint provided some additional anecdotal information:
“These Boston & Sandwich spool stem goblets, blown between 1870 & 1887, were individually hand engraved by Cape Cod glassmen descended from the highly skilled German engravers that old Deming Jarves imported to work in his factory. Each glass goblet shows small differences, as each engraver interpreted the highly complex Bee & Wheat pattern, so no two goblets are engraved exactly alike.”
Upon really looking at my five goblets I, for the first time, realized that no two are exactly the same.
I don’t have any reference material to substantiate the Worthpoint listing, but some of the Facebook discussion, which did involve a check of some reference texts, seems to indicate that this stem is likely part of the Bee and Wheat line.
I am so pleased to finally put a name to these goblets.