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James H. Rose Collection on Glass Cup Plates

Identifier: MS-0130
The collection includes four boxes of personal papers, reference items, and photographs. It is arranged in three series. Series I. Personal Papers, Series II. Photographs, and Series III. Reference Items.

The personal papers of the collection include Rose’s correspondence, and correspondence between Christoffel with collectors that knew Rose. There are materials regarding Rose’s wife, Mary, including her obituary and a letter she received from Allan Hodges. Also included is a personal copy of Rose’s book American Glass Cup Plates, which he has annotated. Missing from the collection are many personal papers, which were destroyed by Mary Rose, and correspondence Rose had with The Corning Museum of Glass was lost in the flood of 1972.

The reference materials include The Antique Collector manuals, several books on glass, price lists, and auction manuals. Several items concern the cup plate researcher and dealer John “Jack” Bilane, including an Elsholz cup plates list and a tribute to Bilane after his death. There is a manual by Albert C. Marble concerning cup plates and short article entitled “The Window-Light Workers.”

Also included in this collection are photographs of glass, some of which come with a description. The photographs come in various sizes, and some of them have been taped together and are unable to be separated.


  • 1940-1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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4.2 Linear Feet (4 Boxes)

Biographical / Historical

James H. Rose graduated from MIT and worked as an antique dealer. He lived in Canton, Ohio, where he collected and conducted research on pressed glass cup plates. Glass cup plates became popular in the early 1800s, when they were used as coasters for tea cups to protect furniture. Rose is the co-author of American Glass Cup Plates and assisted The Corning Museum of Glass with the Lacy glass exhibit in 1954. This collection was donated by Rose’s niece, Pam Christoffel, in 2007. The bulk of the papers fall between 1940 and 1960.

Custodial History

Gift of Pam Christoffel, 2007
James H. Rose Collection on Glass Cup Plates, 1940-1960
A Guide to the Collection
Mackenzie Kriel
June 2016
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the Rakow Manuscript Collections Repository

Rakow Research Library
Corning Museum of Glass
5 Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA