Canastota Canal Museum acquires Canastota cut glass collection

The Canastota Canal Museum announced the acquisition of a collection of more than 65 pieces of Canastota cut glass, mostly in the Diamond Poinsettia pattern.

The Ideal Cut Glass Company was founded in 1903 and operated until 1933 when it went bankrupt during the Great Depression. The factory received glass blanks and the craftspeople etched beautiful patterns in the glass. These items were sold in high-end stores.

The Diamond Poinsettia pattern was patented and acclaimed for its beautiful design.  There is also a collection of other patterns. Canastota Canal Museum is the only place available to the public for viewing Canastota cut glass.

The museum has also received on loan a collection of glass canes that were made in factories in the local Erie Canal area. These canes are called the “end-of-the-day” or “parade” canes. They were produced at the end of the day after the regular work was done.

They range from three to eight feet long made of clear glass with beautiful colors swirling throughout.

The Canastota Glass Factory operated in the late 19th century.

June hours at the museum are noon to 3 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July and August.

For more information, call Nancy Pulverenti at 315.697.3727.

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