Decorated with a portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Made by Bakewell, Page & Bakewell, Pittsburgh, 1808 - 1882. Portrait by Christian Gobrecht, American, 1785 - 1844.

Made in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


c. 1826

Free-blown lead glass with cut decoration and sulphide portrait

9 × 4 1/8 inches (22.9 × 10.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 101, American Art, first floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Trump, 1977

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This decanter represents the highly ornamental luxury wares produced by Bakewell, Page and Bakewell in the 1820s. Considered a giant of American industry, the firm was committed to fostering the country’s manufacturing and intent on proving that products from the United States could equal or surpass fashionable European goods in quality and style. The company’s patriotism, reflected in the medallion of Benjamin Franklin embedded in this decanter, paralleled the nation’s rekindled interest in commemorating the Revolutionary War.

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