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Decorative Arts
Decorative Arts ➔ Vase, Masonic' Pattern

Identifier:
161739
Materials:
Chocolate Glass, Glass
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Estate Of Dr. Ruth Herrick
Makers/Donors
Indiana Tumbler And Goblet Company
The Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company of Greentown Indiana was the producer of so-called "Greentown" glass ware from its creation in 1894 until it was destroyed by fire in 1903.  The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a large collection of Greentown Glass which was accumulated by Dr. Ruth Herrick.

Estate of Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.