Item 2014_031 - Canadian Beaver Band Goblet

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Canadian Beaver Band Goblet

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  • Attributions and conjectures: The goblet is a very early example of three piece mould blown glass from the Excelsior Glass Company first located in Eastern Townships, Québec. This particular goblet was made especially for St. Jean Baptiste Day Banquet held in Quebec City in 1880, a celebration that overlapped a national convention of Canada's French speaking community.

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CA BU BUArtColl-2014_031

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  • 1880 (Creation)
    Excelsior Glass Company

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1 glassware : moulded glass ; 14 cm

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The Foster Brothers of the St. John (Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu) glass factory in Québec was bought by the Yuile Brothers in 1878 and renamed the Excelsior Glass Company. In 1880 they moved the operation to Montreal and remained there until 1883. In 1883, they transferred to another location in Montreal and changed the name again to the North American Glass Company, incorporated in 1883. The firm operated under that name until 1891 when it became the Diamond Glass Company. Operations were carried on under that name until 1902. In that year, the name was changed to the Diamond Flint Glass Company Ltd. The Diamond Flint Glass Company Ltd. acquired control of the all-important Burlington Glass Works, the Hamilton Glass Works, the Nova Scotia Glass Company of Trenton, Nova Scotia, the Lamont Glass Company, and, through its successor the Diamond Flint Glass Company, additional glass factories in Quebec and Ontario.

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Alumnus, Mr. David Jones '69, acquired the piece while teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Indian Cove, Québec and gave it to Bishop's University in 2014.

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