Title: Luncheon Pitcher and Tumblers
Name: Luncheon Pitcher and Tumblers
Medium: Cut, engraved glass
Dimensions: pitcher: 6 3/4" X 81/2" , Tumbler: 4" X 3" diam.
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Edith Deimer Lagerstrom Estate. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: um96.34a-d
Thomas Gibbons Hawkes was born in Ireland, came to New York at the age of seventeen and secured a job as a draftsman with Hoare and Dailey, a cutting shop in Brooklyn where he learned glass cutting. In 1870, he supervised a branch shop of Corning Glass Works, and by 1880 established Thomas G. Hawkes and Company in Corning, New York, which produced cut and engraved glass by decorating blanks supplied by Corning Glass Works and other factories. By the turn of the century, Thomas G. Hawkes and Company was one of the largest glass cutting and engraving establishments, employing up to four hundred cutters and engravers. In 1903, Thomas G. Hawkes joined with Frederick Carder to establish the Steuben Glass Works, which later produced blanks for Hawkes’ company.
This pitcher and tumbler set was cut at Thomas G. Hawkes and Company in the brilliant style. The pitcher and tumblers are engraved in the China Aster pattern on blanks made by Corning Glass Works.