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Coin Glass Raised Ire Of Fed’l Agents

Silver Age is a glass pattern originally made by the Central Glass Co. and Hobbs Brockunier & Co. It was produced around the time that both of these manufacturers became part of the U.S. Glass Co. combine.

The pattern was popularly known as U.S. Coin Glass, because it incorporated the design of a coin. Federal agents halted production of this pattern in May of 1892, claiming the metal molds used to make it illegally duplicated U.S. coinage.

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Priests Influenced Southwest Native Art

The early Franciscan priests of the Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, had a tremendous influence on the arts and crafts that developed in that part of the country. In the missions they taught a variety of handicrafts - stone and wood carving, tin and silverwork, plaster making and painting.

All of the above techniques were originally used to produce what were known as santos, solid religious images for the glorification of God.

Two of the early priest-instructors were Father Garcia, who was serving the last part of the 18th century and Father Pereyro, who served in the first decades of the19th century. They made a few pieces themselves in the process of teaching, and occasional objects will bear their signatures.

Later santeros, those who produced religious likenesses, began carving small shrines for private homes. These bultos were small groupings of figures, and were usually made of cottonwood roots. After carving, they were covered with plaster and then painted. Sometimes a little fabric would be added.

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A Snip Here & There Created Work Of Art

Scherenschnitte is the German word for cutting paper designs with scissors. Those paper snowflakes we all made as children, where the paper is folded several times and then cut with holes of various shapes, is probably the simplest kind.

Scissor-cut art was being done in Germany and Switzerland by the 17th century, and immigrants brought the craft to Pennsylvania when they came in the 18th century.

It was much more than an activity to occupy the children. Elaborate valentines, love letters and even birth certificates were made. The cuttings were usually done using white paper, and were then mounted on a colored background.

This was also a skill used by the Chinese, probably as far back as the 3rd century B.C. In fact, it is still popular in modern China, although a laser beam has replaced the scissors for doing the actual cutting.

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