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Dorflinger Glass Museum Special Exhibits 2009

Mr. Lincoln’s Dorflinger Glass celebrates the 200th birthday of Dorflinger’s most important customer with a display of glass made for the Lincoln White House. The small exhibit will also feature reproductions of the china chosen by Mary Todd Lincoln for use at the White House. Several period images of the President will complement the display.

The order of glass tableware for the use of the President was an important one for Christian Dorflinger and his Brooklyn, New York based Greenpoint Flint Glassworks. It helped to establish his company’s reputation for fine cut and engraved lead crystal. While the first order in 1861 was made in Brooklyn, later replacements were made at Dorflinger’s new glass factory in White Mills, Pennsylvania. Many pieces of the Lincoln pattern glassware still remain in the White House collection today.


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Dorflinger Legacy II: More Glass from Family Collections

This exhibit features a rotating display of glass on loan from members of the Dorflinger family. In addition to several rare historic pieces and some common patterns, the collections have several fine examples with copper wheel engraved designs. One highlight is a goblet engraved with the ship Mayflower for John C. Dorflinger by engraver Herman Neugebauer. The piece was acquired from the collection of the late Bill Murphy, a grandson of John C. Dorflinger.

Rose Pattern in Glass

Wayne County glass experts Walter Barbe and Kurt Reed continue to explore variations of the rose pattern from the many Wayne county glass factories with a display of over 30 pieces of glass with the rose pattern which were found in research for their book “The Glass Industry in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, 1807-Present.”