Great Western Glass Ball Manufacturing Co. Target Ball
Great Western Glass Ball Manufacturing Company – Pittsburgh, Pa. Target Ball
Light to Medium Golden Amber
Circa 1876 – 1885
Provenance: Ex: Ralph Finch collection, American Glass Gallery
Here is an excellent example of a heavily embossed, ‘Great Western Glass Ball Manufacturing Company’ target ball from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was likely blown to appeal to pioneer and western settlers who were part of the expansion of our western frontier. This 2 5/8″ diameter, light golden amber, 3-piece mold example is perfect and has a sheared mouth.
From around 1876 to 1885, glass balls were made for target shooting for sport and exhibitions at Wild West shows, circuses and other events. Birds and particularly pigeons were used previously. Interestingly enough, The Great Western is embossed on the GX – 30 historical flask.
Read: What are target balls? I’m glad you asked! By Ralph Finch
Support: John Pastor and American Glass Gallery.