Glass collection to go on display

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A significant collection of about 2000 pieces of American Depression Glass is going to be on display in the Oamaru Historic Precinct from mid-October to February next year.

Bruce and Joyce Comfort, Oamaru, have been collecting the glass tableware for over 30 years and have examples of 45 different patterns from 12 major manufacturing companies from the American mid-west.

“We are going to put on a public free-to-see exhibition of as much of this glass as we can elegantly display in the heritage area of Harbour and Tyne Streets,” Mr Comfort said.

“It will be included as a thing to see during Victorian Heritage week.”

Depression Glass was the name given to machine-made domestic glassware mass-produced in the United States during the years of the Great Depression (about 1920-1940)

Mr Comfort has been given shelves from Firth Concrete and is in the process of renovating them for the exhibition.

“We will have professional help to get the glass displayed to best advantage and the shelves will all be lit with concealed lights,” he said.

“I am personally planning for this to be a once-ever show and as far as we are aware nobody has ever mounted a private show of this glass on this scale ever before in New Zealand – well, we haven’t seen anything in our lifetimes.”

Mr and Mrs Comfort will be using ‘the power of google’ to attract people from the United States to visit or become involved in the exhibition.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY

COLLECTORS’ ITEMS: Oamaru residents Bruce and Joyce Comfort are pictured with  examples from their Depression Glass collection which will be on display at the Oamaru Victorian Precinct from mid-October to February.