Marius Barbeau A glimpse of Canadian Culture (1883-1969)
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A teapot covered with a Rockingham-type, reddish glaze. (French Canadian)

A salt and pepper shaker stand, made of emerald green pressed glass.

Circa 1900, Canadian glassmakers provided nearly half of the Canadian market (5.5 million people) with bottles, lamps and dishware. Back then, Canada was manufacturing pressed glass items by putting glass between a mechanical piston and a mold.

Four Canadian companies were producing pressed glass: Burlington Glass, Nova Scotia Glass, Jefferson Glass and Dominion Glass. The latter assimilated the other three in 1913. Towards 1937, most Canadian glassmakers were automated. (Canadian)

Emerald green salt shaker made of pressed glass with a bull's eye pattern.

Salt and pepper shaker sets in this pattern were also made in clear glass, probably by the Dominion Glass Company in Montreal, and in a slightly later period they made them in emerald coloured glass. (Canadian)

Emerald green pepper shaker made of pressed glass with a bull's eye pattern. (Canadian)

Rectangular maple sugar mould which was carved in one piece of wood. (French Canadian)

Wooden potato masher. (French Canadian)

Sugar mould in the form of 5 hearts. Inside each of the heart-shaped mould are other shapes such as a sun, stars, etc. (French Canadian)

Goose neck ladle made of wood, with a hanger for the edge of bowl. (French Canadian)

Maple syrup testing spoon. (French Canadian)

Large bowl carved out of one piece of wood. (French Canadian)

Wooden butter churn with a forged iron crank and a wooden grip. (French Canadian)

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