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My StoryWhen we got married some 59 years ago, my mother-in-law made us a gift of a piece of depression pressed black amethyst glass. We quickly found that black can serve as a great decorator color and accents the profile of the glass. With this start we stalked flea markets and antique shops and bought hundreds of pieces of this inexpensive glass. About 20 years ago, in this quest for black glass we came across a piece of alabaster glass, decorated with a mirror black rim and handles.
Unlike the depression era glass that cost in the range of $20 or so, we found this piece at an antique store that was priced in the hundreds of dollars. I was astounded at the price, but then I was besotted by the look and the shape of the glass. After much debate I bought the piece, not knowing what it was. I didnt know what I had, but I knew this glass spoke to me.
ÿThis led me to my next find. It was an iridescent water pitcher . With it came a picture out of a page from the Gardner book, identifying by shape, this as a piece of Carders Steuben. From this page and some inquiry, I was told to get hold of the Gardner book and do some research. (Pitcher Shape #7199, Verre de Soie with Mirror Black Reeding)
The world of Carder soon opened up to me. Now that I knew something about identifying Steuben glass I was so to speak off to the races. As so it was that I soon discovered the classical shapes of Steuben. I made the trip and also discovered the Carder collections at The Corning Museum and The Rockwell Museum. Then came Symposium attendance in Corning, NY, the Corning Glass Club, engagement in developing the Club and now the Gazelle Gazette. Thats my story. Hopefully, others will share their stories. Alan Shovers
Sad Sad News
Obituary of Harlon F. "Lon" Knickerbocker
DANSVILLE; Harlon F. Lon Knickerbocker Jr. age 62 of Dansville died Sunday evening January 5, 2020 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville after being stricken at home. He was born on May 7, 1957 in Corning, New York, the son of Harlon F. and Edna (Carpenter) Knickerbocker Sr. He was a graduate of Campbell-Savona School, class of 1975. Lon was employed by Brooks Drug Store as a manager for over 15 years and for the past 24 years he has owned and operated The Coast Antiques Sales and Services. Lon had a passion for antiquing and playing cards, especially euchre!
He was married at Stony Brook State Park on July 29, 1995 to Debra (Dodd) Knickerbocker who he is survived by. He was predeceased by his mother and father in-law Joanne and Edward L. Dodd and 2 nephews, Anthony Knickerbocker and Jesse Dodd.
Besides his parents Harlon F. and Edna Knickerbocker Sr., Lon is survived by his wife of 24 years Debra Knickerbocker at home, two brothers, Daryl (Donna) Knickerbocker of Florida and Keith (Kathy) Knickerbocker of N. Carolina, a sister-in law; Penny (Curtis) Classon of Virginia and a brother-in-law Richard (Sherry) Dodd of New York, an aunt and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends including the Campbell-Savona School District, Class of 1975.
Family and friends may call on Saturday January11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home, 109 West Naples Street, Wayland, where services will follow calling hours (12:00 PM) with the Rev. Veronica Seeley officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Scottsburg, NY in the spring. Memorial contributions in Harlon F. Knickerbocker Jr.s memory may be made to Mary Cariola Center, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620.
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Saturday January 11, 2020 ~ 10am - 12pm ~ St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home
Saturday January 11, 2020 ~ 12pm ~ St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home
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