Although “Mary Gregory” glass was first made before 1880, that name was not applied until the 1920s. Later research showed much of it was probably made in Bohemia, but the name of Mary Alice Gregory, an American glass decorator, stuck. Mostly mouth-blown, its distinguishing feature is white enamel painting fired onto the glass, which is why it is also known as “painted cameo” glass. In addition to children and romantic scenes, feathery trees and foliage were typical decoration. Cranberry, a characteristic colour, required the use of gold, which carried added significance: gold symbolises pure light, divine energy, marriage, faith and fruitfulness. Maurice Lemay, a highly knowledgeable Sherbrooke antique dealer and collector, bequeathed this cranberry glass to the Stanstead Historical Society.
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