The exhibition includes glass made by many glass companies in America that made both handmade and manufactured glass since the first glass factory was established in Virginia called the Jamestown Glasshouse in 1608. The museum collections have been donated since the museum opened May 20, 2016. They have also included pieces of glass on-loan to supplement our own collections when available or needed to fill up our display areas.
“A Very Private Collection…” featuring glass from 1875-1920 represents a time when families used a mix of crystal and colorful tableware daily or when entertaining guests. Many of the pieces are considered glass from the Victorian Period. The gold edges on some items adds a touch of elegance not seen in later periods. A mixed arrangement of seldom seen and very rare pieces of glass on loan from the collector will remain on display through August 26, 2018 in the OGM Gallery to dazzle the viewer.
Multiple pieces of glass donated to OGM are displayed in other cabinets in appreciation of the donors’ efforts to preserve our glass heritage. The museum collections will rotate in and out during other special displays on loan throughout the coming years.