3778 Stemware

by Mark A. Nye
Issue No. 237 - January 1993

Life is never simple for glass researchers. A June 1941 supplemental page to the 1940 Cambridge catalog illustrated the No. 3778 stemware. 3778 Ad However in one of the books used to record mold orders, the dates for the entries dealing with the molds for the No. 3778 line are all December 8, 1941. While several theories for this discrepancy are possible, the actual reason hasn't been determined. The precise date for its discontinuance is also unknown. No. 3778 stemware was offered in the September 1950 price list but not in the one issued October 1953.

Made only in Crystal and with a non-optic bowl, blanks from this line were sold plain or decorated with at least six rock crystal engravings including Ambassador seen in the accompanying illustration. The other known cuttings done on this line are No. 1038, Cascade, Deerfield, Fleurette and Larchmont.

All the engravings were in use on the line by 1943. The advertisement that illustrates this article was published in the November 1942 issue of House and Garden. Advertisements featuring Deerfleld on No. 3778 blanks appeared in he October 1943 and November 1944 issues of House and Garden. Morning Glory etching The 1949 Cambridge catalog offered only two engravings on the line: Deerfield and Larchmont.

During the years following the reorganization of the company, the line was made available though an inactive pattern replacement service. Through this service it was obtainable plain or cut Deerfield, Larchmont or Fleurette.

In 1980, a No. 3778 goblet with an unknown etching was reported as having been sold. Since then a Cambridge etching plate for a design resembling a morning glory (shown at right) dated 1942 and intended for use on the No. 3778 goblet has been found. This would have been a sample plate as all indications are the etching was never put into prodiction. This is but one of the many previously unknown Cambridge etchings that will appear in the upcoming etching hook.

In late years this stemware line was given, for marketing reasons, the name Century.