In terms of the American contribution to the history of glass, there is no achievement more important than the development of the mechanical press. It not only speeded up the manufacturing process, but it also provided a new way to form glass. This catalog contains one of the great bodies of evidence on the evolution of this technology and decorative medium.
The pressed glass in the Museum’s extensive collection is arranged by type, date, and decoration, with detailed descriptions. Patterns of the objects may be matched and compared, and manufacturers may be identified in this comprehensive volume. The book records 1,536 pieces pressed between 1825 and 1940.