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Cup of Punch Set

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Cup of Punch Set

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William Marrett (American, 1859-1921), designer
Libbey Glass Company, American, 1888-1936, manufacturer




Lead glass with cut and engraved decoration

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4-1/8 x 3-1/8 x 3-1/8 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 211


During William McKinley’s first term as president, Libbey craftsmen cut two identical punch bowl sets to safeguard the delivery of an undamaged set to the White House for Christmas in 1898. At the time, it was the largest cut-glass punch bowl ever made—it took two expert cutters several weeks to execute the design of stars, stripes, and shields. The original shipment arrived safely, but its whereabouts are now unknown. This twin was stored in Toledo and later displayed at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition at the St. Louis World’s Fair.


Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment