The Westford Glass Works 1857-1873
A six-inch diameter amber witches ball blown at the Westford factory donated to the Museum from a descendent of
E.A. Buck - Mrs. Susan Kast of Tempe, Arizona. The unusual collar which would be removed in the finished ball that
was hung as a decoration or used as a vase cover is shown with an original Westford blow pipe on loan from Jim
Ferrence of Ashford, Connecticut. He had recovered the pipe from the property several years ago where it was in
use as a fence post.
Payments with scrip in varying denominations helped keep the company money "in-house" as the recipients spent
the scrip in the "Company's Store." A number of 19th Century glass companies in the northeastern states from New
Jersey through New Hampshire used scrip as a form of payment besides the regular wages.
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