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A benchmark of Boston's glassmaking excellence, the Pairpoint Corporation is heralded as one of most
enduring American glassmakers. Originating in South Boston, Pairpoint combined expertise in both glass
and silversmithing to render creations that still compel collectors today.
Pairpoint began with the launch of the Mount Washington Glass Company in 1837, which developed a
reputation for its fine cut-glass pieces. Their introduction of Lava glass followed by Burmese glass only
added to Mount Washington's acclaim and secured their status among the most-beloved American
In the 1890s, the glassworks was subsumed by Thomas Pairpoint, who owned a world-renowned
silversmithing company. The merged entities were known as the Pairpoint Corporation, which grew
exponentially in popularity from that point onward. One of Pairpoint's greatest successes was the Puffy
lamp, which consisted of an elaborate metal base with a kaleidoscopically-colored glass shade.
Pairpoint glass pieces are featured in the collections of world-class museums such as New
York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
Well-preserved Pairpoint Puffy lamps are so coveted by collectors that they can sell for several
thousand dollars at auction
The current Pairpoint glass company in Sagamore, Massachusetts is not connected to the original
corporation that ceased operations in 1938. Pairpoint tried to reorganize after their 1938 shuttering as the
Gunderson-Pairpoint company, but this rebranding worked only until 1957, when the corporation closed