T. G. Hawkes and Company Salesman’s Sample Cards

Jan 16, 2023 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a collection of salesman’s sample cards with photographs of rich cut glass made by T. G. Hawkes and Company of Corning, New York. Hawkes made some of the most beautiful and intricate pieces during the American deep cut era, justly famous throughout the entire world. These photographs, mounted on cardboard, were an alternative to catalogs and certainly more efficient than lugging a heavy suitcase full of actual lead crystal examples. The cards are not dated, but the patterns pictured – Hobnail, Persian, Pillars & Star, Princess, Rock Crystal, Russian, Star & Hobnail, and Strawberry Diamond – are all known to have been in production by 1890.

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