What Is the Pairpoint Silver Company?


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The Pairpoint silver company refers to the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company that opened in 1880 to produce silver-plated items in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company merged with Mount Washington Glass in 1894 and added glass works to its operations. Pairpoint Manufacturing produced a wide variety of metal and glass goods until it closed in 1938. It reopened briefly under the name Gunderson-Pairpoint Glass Company in the 1950s.

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Pairpoint Manufacturing Company is best known for producing lamps with reverse-painted blown-glass shades on metal bases in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These lamps are prized by collectors, and those with shades in excellent condition go for large sums at auction. Pairpoint's glass and metalwork is known for its complexity. The company used design techniques that displayed creativity in pattern and texture. Innovative techniques were used to produce interesting colors and decorations.

In addition to lamps, Pairpoint manufactured glass tableware. The Pairpoint company's tableware is constructed of clear or colored transparent glass. Many pieces feature engraving or cut decorative elements. Silver decorations, swirls in the glass and colored threading are other common features. The company suffered from the Great Depression in the 1920s and eventually went out of business.

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