Clear glass, an oval tray formed in the Polar Bear pattern. Is commemorates the purchase of Alaska. An Arctic scene fills the center of the tray, Seals and a Polar Bear rest on an iceberg. One seal has entered the water, gulls circle above and a ship approaches. Its stern is inscribed C.G. Crystal Glass Company. It is crystal glass, all frosted, comes in all clear and in varying combinations of clear and frosted. 15.5 inches by 11 inches.
Made by the Crystal Glass Company of Bridgeport, Ohio circa 1867.
Exhibit - Pressed in Time 1996
Accession Book entry at time of donation November 1965: during the administration of President (Andrew) Johnson, the Secretary of State, William G. Seward proved himself an able Statesman. Largely because of his recommendations, Alaska was purchased for $7,200,00. This territory has been owned by Russia and was called Russian America. Russia found it too far away for govern conveniently and feared losing it. Fishing and trading interest there were in favor of a change. Since 1859 communications were passed between the United States and Russia concerning the purchase, which was completed in 1867. The general public was skeptical of the bargain. The territory was large but its value was not then realized. The fur trade was good, and the fishing industry of considerable value, but it was regarded as a cold, dismal, waste land of fogs and storms, containing many icebergs, polar bear, seal and Eskimos. Since its purchase, the fur industry and fisheries have expanded greatly. Gold discoveries brought a mining boom which was followed by expansion of other phases of the mining industry. Timber production developed also. The value of all Alaskan exports are now enormous - measured in terms of many millions of dollars annually. Secretary Seward's faith in Alaska was well founded.
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