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Molded and Pressed Pattern Glass
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There is a lamp in Wildwood House that was known as the Lincoln Drapery Lamp. It was said that the curtains in the Ford Theater where Lincoln was shot were draped similarly to the molds in the base of this lamp.









Molded and Pressed Pattern Glass is highly collectible. It is interesting to try to identify all the patterns in a collection. The Morton James Public Library is a great place to start your research. For instance there is a lamp in Wildwood House that was known as the Lincoln Drapery Lamp. It was said that the curtains in the Ford Theater where Lincoln was shot were draped similarly to the molds in the base of this lamp.



















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But in the book by D&R Miller that same lamp is recognized as the Coolidge Drape. The original name was Bellevue.



 



 



During the summer of 1923 the Vice President and his family vacationed at Plymouth Notch. In the middle of the night Coolidge was told of Pres. Harding’s sudden death. Since the old Coolidge home had no electricity Coolidge was sworn into office by his Father, a Justice of the Peace, by the light of an oil lamp.



 



 



This pattern glass lamp along with more than 50 other pieces including crystal will be on display in the Parlors and Dining Room of the Ware Family home at Wildwood Historic Center during Arbor Day Weekend. Hours will be 9-5 on Sat. and 12-5 on Sun. for this display exhibit.

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