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Green Glass Cane

ca. 1870-1910 Unidentified 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 1986.65.18 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

folk art