Green Glass Cane
blown glass 49 x 5 x 1 3/4 in. (124.5 x 12.6 x 4.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A
Luce Center Label
Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century glassblowers often made “glass whimsy” canes as a diversion from commercial production. They twisted, stretched, and blew colored glass to create decorative walking sticks that were too fragile to use (George Meyer, American Folk Art Canes, 1992).
decorative arts - glass