Dear Helaine and Joe:
This is a hand-painted plate I inherited from my grandmother several years ago. The image is of a French woman standing on the beach near Etretat. I am seeking help in identifying the origin and perhaps a value for this piece. My grandmother was born in 1895 and lived in Massachusetts. I have tried to photograph the signature, but it is not well defined.
It is our opinion that the history of this glass plate or plaque goes back to the founding of a glass factory build in South Boston in 1837 by a man named Deming Jarves, who was an agent for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. The factory was constructed near a small hill the locals called “Mount Washington.”
The company was first called the Mount Washington Glass Works in 1852. In 1870, William Libbey bought both this company and the New Bedford Glass Works, and he moved the business to this coastal whaling town. In 1876, the company was reorganized and named the Mount Washington Manufacturing Glass Company.