Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Old New England Glassware in the Home - Part Twenty-One - "Summarily; Terse and Blunt"

Old New England Glassware in the Home

Part Twenty-One

"Summarily; Terse and Blunt"

            Old New England glassware
            In the home:

            It is in
            The bottom of the cupboard
            In your grandmother’s
            Dining room.

            She has ‘kept that there’
            Since she inherited that
            From her mother
            Who kept that there
            After she inherited that
            From her
Grandmother and then...
            Kept that there.  Too.

            Everything (in the cupboard bottom)
            Was doing just fine until
            “I cleaned that out” and
            “Gave ‘it’ to the church”.
            Where it was said:

            “That is for the set of eight.
            Can you carry those alright?”

            To me.

            Unpleasantly, for me (I do not care about the reader), I need to be summarily... terse and blunt.  I do not like that... because I find that dull; no dancing verbiage.  And no romance ‘of tale’.  With one seated before the empty and clean plate (‘about’ old New England glassware in the home) I now briskly fill; serve-up.

            Established that we are of the context of “NOW” I have suggested (Part Twenty) three physical characteristics of the “THEY”
            “ARE EARLY”
            Heft of the metal, ground and polished pontil and... fire polished rim.  I add the topic of ‘the metal’ (glass; molten glass, cooled glass).  I add the press mold process.  The press mold itself.  The pattern on the pressed molded glass.  These, too, are physical quality aspects that are ‘there-then’ too; the ‘back then’ the our “NOW” may NOW discern to be a ‘back then’...:  These TOO... were of the little antebellum window (in time).  Then... I add:   The

            It is the ware... of ‘glass’.  (“Where?”).  We are now ready for that... again; a reminder.  I have established, here spoken as summarily; terse and blunt... that there was NO glass... ware... in the ...old New England home (Part Two).  We, in this essay, have followed this trail of no glassware.  To find ourselves with “THEN” ‘they made’ “glassware” “for the home” (the butter dish; Part Eighteen).  WE need to remind that when ‘they’ made ‘that’ ‘back then’ they... had no context to compare... therefore discern... what ANY sort of “MADE” was... because it had ‘never been’ ‘made’ ‘before’ (glass metal design innovations.  Note plural).
            “NOW” we may so easily discern... the qualities... for we have ample supplies of decadent glassware to... ah... ‘compare’; compare a 1970’s juice glass with an... 1840’s “tumbler”... and... easily
            Discern ‘the difference’.  Should one care to.
            But they, back then... did not for there was no ‘that’ to ‘do that’.  They just ‘made it’; their ‘that’.  And then destroyed it.

            Of course they did not feel THAT; that they destroyed it.  No.  They believed they “IMPROVED” it.  But from our “NOW”... we have questioned that and
            Concluded... that... “no”... their ‘improvements’ actually represent a
Decline in the quality of and the manufacture of...
The old New England glassware in the home.

I am not the one who ‘did that’; discerned the decadence.  No.  The discern of the ‘that’ was well established before I... quit my seventh grade (news) paper delivery route and ‘turned the pro’(1967) of ... feeling for ground and polished pontils... with my... own little fingers.  I, myself, never thought about the ‘how they’ ‘that’ of EAPG for, well... how about ‘a quarter century’.   NOTICE:  I was, in and of that quarter century, VERY adamant that one ‘should know’.  BUT NOW... at a half century... I’m the ‘You know what:  DRINK FROM YOUR crummy juice glass... you idiot.  I ‘don’t care’.  And that minister is about to find this out (Part Twenty).
This does not change ‘it’; the “NOW” and “back then”.  I will expostulate (pontificate?) all over this decadence.  It’s easy to do; it’s ‘in your face’ easy ...to do.  It is ‘touch my lips’ vulgar.  Properly understood... one should... being of informed taste (‘discernment’ Part Eighteen)... on this... actually rather broad ‘of daily contact’ (of one’s lips in fact) ‘design of (in) one’s lifetime... glassware... iota... one either... ‘improves’.... or ‘remains of that’
            The ‘I don’t care’ of the ‘if you know’ and ‘if you care’ wins.

            It’s an old adage... in the antiquarian trade.  Very simplified I:  IF one is going to have a painting on a wall for one’s ‘those’ to ‘see’ one should be sensitive that this painting be a ‘good enough good one’ and ...and.... AND privately address the “would I know a ‘good enough good one’ MYSELF and then there... should then there... HIRE someone who DOES to get YOU a ‘good enough good one’ so that WHEN... the ‘those’ ‘see it’ they... WELL:  Most of ‘those’ who ‘see it’ wouldn’t know either so... well... yeah?  NO.  EVERY NOW and then a ‘those’ who ‘does know’ may (could) ‘happen along’ and they... in the quarter second glance will ‘take the bait’ of the painting YOU ‘hung there’ and either will.. be enraptured with... well.... delight or... be enraptured with
            Getting a pro to do the dirty job of having a ‘good enough good one’ on YOUR wall... protects a serious OPEN BOOK visiting ‘those’ may read.  This assemblage of taste carries OFF the wall and to the GLASSWARE that ‘touches lips’
            That’s good enough for now?
            NOT WHEN IT IS USED as a hidden-from-self insult TO ALL who ‘touch lips’.

            The assemblage of ‘in the home’ is a very serious undertaking.  Glassware usually is ‘blown off’.  This is usually ‘blatant’ to discern.  Funky show and tell of décor objects ‘acquired’ for one’s decorum; “oh please’.  If you have a mid level chest of drawers that you “FOUND” at a “SALE” and ‘believe’ it is ‘Chippendale’ while you offer... ‘instant’ ice tea in ‘my mom’s’ “THE MINT’S FROM THE YARD” (Part Fifteen ) ‘ice tea glasses’ (a design form)...:  OK?  The nightmare goes from there so... BE VERY careful; someone who ‘does know’ might
            Someday... by accident?
            What I’ve just said is; summarily terse and blunt... that it is better for one to
            Before one endeavors to
            The ‘your collection’ in the
            ‘Old New England’
            This is, of course, qualified by remembering that it is... ‘ok’... to have listened to
            Your grandmother and her generation... and her previous generations... to
            ‘Get with the program’
            ‘On this’

            Keeping your wallet closed and your art eyes open (opening)... maybe one is starting to get to where the
            In the cupboard bottom
            “They are early ones”...?
            Remember the old girls at the church sale (Part Fifteen).  They listened to their grandmother so
            They do know.
            And... know you don’t
            As instantly as I do.
            The worse ‘thing’ one can do “NOW” is to
            That one does know.
            It is better to give great grandmother’s glassware to the church sale than it is to... endeavor to suggest that ‘you’ ‘do know’ when
            You don’t.
            I get revenge.
            At the church sale.

            So ‘NOW’... if I buy the diamond point pattern EAPG at the church sale for ZERO DOLLARS for a set of EIGHT
            (Including the broken one that was hidden in the
            Heating grate)....
            And a month later MR. Minister is gurgling his sherry, setting ‘it’ (his glass) down and ...staring across the room and
            Then has the ball-dash-to-me to say (inquire?)
            (THEY ARE FOR SALE SIR)
            But not to you.

1 comment:

  1. I AM NOT "Someone who does know". It has been a lifetime of finding comfort in (hiding in) fools errands, low self esteem, self pity, stymied grasps at intellect and so on. BY WAY OF THIS BLOG I have SHED all of that and I accept the task (challenge) of becoming "someone who does know".