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Object ID # 1985.031.001ab
Object Name Compote
Other Name Comport
Title "Westward Ho" Pattern Comport
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Late 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin United States of America?
Description WESTWARD HO pattern pressed glass footed glass comport (compote), (A) with its cover lid (B). The comport has a frosted (etched) glass bowl, with a raised pattern depicting a scene from the life of early pioneers. The scene includes a log cabin, hills, flowers, trees, buffalo and deer. It has a plain glass pedestal that has a ridged base. Mould marks are visible on the base. The cover is made of clear pressed glass and it has an indented-looking square pattern along the edge. The top of the lid is frosted (etched) and has a raised pattern of flowers, grass and tree stumps. In the centre of the lid there is a circular raised "base" above which is a finial of a crouching First Nations man, also moulded in frosted glass.


Provenance Manufacturer unknown. Originally belonged to Hanna Thomson (neé Postill) of Meaford, Grey County, then to her daughter, Mrs. John Thomson (neé ________), then to her daughters, Frances Mae Thomson and Lillian Thomson.
Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Glass
Dimensions H-95.25 Dia-51.562 cm
Found Meaford, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Thomson, Frances Mae
Thomson, Hanna
Function "Westward Ho" patterned glass appeared in the 1870s. In its day, it was an inexpensive glass, and there was a range of tableware items produced in the pattern. "Westward Ho" was originally called "Pioneer", and is also known as "Tippecanoe". A footed comport was used to hold stewed fruit, dessert foods, nuts, etc. on a dining table.