Nearly 50 pounds of glass was cut away to cr…

Nearly 50 pounds of glass was cut away to create this 12-gallon capacity showpiece, the largest American cut glass punch bowl in existence. John S. Earl, who had worked for the J. Hoare & Company in Corning for 12 years before opening his own shop in Brooklyn, needed 210 days to cut it. Made for Tiffany and Company in 1904, this punch bowl retailed for $3,000 and was thought to be lost until it was discovered in the attic of its original owner, William M. Wood, director of the American Woolen Company, a textile conglomerate. Discover more “Crystal City” stories in our newly redesigned Crystal City Gallery

Punch Bowl and 40 Cups in the “Tiffany” Pattern, Union Glass Company (glass), John Lofquist (maker), John S. Earl (cutting), Somerville, Massachusetts, Corning, New York, United States, 1904. Purchased in part with funds from the Eastern Lakes Chapter of the American Cut Glass Association and the Twin Tiers Glass Collectors Group. 2017.4.12.