Talk: Nova Scotia Glass by Deborah Trask


Truro is about to get Fragile and Fanciful

Goose Lane Editions is proud to announce a Truro visit by acclaimed historical author Deborah Trask, touring with her book Fragile and Fanciful: The Story of Nova Scotia Glass.

Through the last twenty years of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th, the manufacturing of glass was a unique enterprise in Canada. Beginning with the founding of the Nova Scotia Glass Company in 1881, the glass factories of Nova Scotia produced clear tableware at a time when it was not made anywhere else in Canada.

Now, in this beautifully illustrated book, featuring photographs of the highly collectable patterned tableware produced between 1881 and 1892, Deborah Trask examines the remarkable history of the glass industry in Nova Scotia during this golden age of pressed-glass production.

Employing her skills as a curator and a detective of sorts, she tells the story of the major glass factories — the Nova Scotia Glass Company, the Humphrey Glass Company, and the Lamont Glass Company, as well as the modern NovaScotian Crystal — and provides a bevy of crucial and fascinating information on patterns and moulds, allowing readers and collectors to identify what remains of this glittering enterprise.


Deborah Trask was on the curatorial staff of the Nova Scotia Museum for 30 years; among many other responsibilities, she curated the glass and bottle collections. Upon her retirement as Curator of Buildings and Operations, she was named a curator emeritus of the Nova Scotia Museum. She lives in Lunenburg County.


Deborah will touring with Fragile and Fanciful at:

Saturday 18 February 2012 – 2 pm

Colchester Historical Museum

29 Young Street

Truro, NS

This event open to the public. Books will be available for purchase, and Deborah will be pleased to sign your copy.

Goose Lane Editions would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.

CONTACT INFORMATION                      

For review copies, author interviews, or publication excerpts, please contact Corey Redekop at or call (888) 926.8377.

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