My husband and I took our first post-COVID trip into the U.S. recently. While we travelled into and through New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia and Delaware, the trip was actually planned around a trip to Cambridge, Ohio.
We were too late for the convention but I had long wanted to visit the National Museum of Cambridge Glass.
The visit was worth the wait. This is a spectacular museum which showcases the many shapes, colours and decorations of Cambridge. You could spend 3-4 hours just gazing into the cases. The staff are also super knowledgeable and helpful. A great experience!
I realize that I have now been able to visit this museum, the Heisey Museum, the Corning Museum, the Sandwich Museum, the 2 Dorflinger Museums – https://dorflinger.org/ and https://dorflingerfactorymuseum.com/, the Corn Flower Glass Museum, the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia and, the Fostoria Museum. They have all been spectacular showcases. Look forward to other museum visits.
There were only two antique shops right in Cambridge itself with a number in outlying communities or in rural areas. However I have to highlight the shop where I bought this gorgeous plate.
Margaret Lane Antiques of 2 East Main Street, New Concord, Ohio is owned and operated by Lynn M. Welker. I had seen Lynn online in one or more of my Facebook groups and was aware of his reputation as an expert in Cambridge and other glass companies.
He was such a pleasure to meet. HIs shop is filled with beautiful items and it was difficult to only walk away with one piece. He was full of information and having donated 7,000 pieces of glass to the Cambridge Museum, was knowledgeable about the museum as well. A not to be missed stop.
This particular piece was on display at the store entrance. I noticed it right away. I knew I wanted to buy one piece and while there were others that caught my eye, this is a standout. Lynn said that he had never seen a piece exactly the same as this one.
My biggest problem is finding an appropriate place to display it!
Over the years I have owned a number of pieces with ‘Willow’ etches, primarily from Fostoria. Each time I sell a piece I wonder if I REALLY wanted to do that. I have a large collection of blue and white porcelain willow dinnerware from different countries and manufacturers and time frames. I mix and match them when having company and always have thought that the etched glass would be great to have on the table. But I keep on selling it.
This is my first Cambridge ‘Willow’ #715 etch (on a mayonnaise dish). Isn’t it gorgeous?