|Object ID #||1985.031.001ab|
|Title||"Westward Ho" Pattern Comport|
|Lexicon category||4: T&E For Materials|
|Place of Origin||United States of America?|
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.
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|
|Dimensions||H-95.25 Dia-51.562 cm|
|Found||Meaford, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County|
Thomson, Frances Mae
|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.|