The Pairpoint Manufacturing Company was located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It was built in 1890 and was initially a metal-works company whose main product was coffin fittings. It was named after its first superintendent, Thomas J. Pairpoint, who was considered one of the greatest silver designers in England and America. It became one of the largest manufacturers of silver-plated ware in the United States. The Mt. Washington Glass-works, who made many types of glassware of high quality, was next door. In 1894, the two companies merged. Their products were glass, silver plated pieces, and lamps. They also produced reverse-painted glass shades and molded shades called "puffies" until the 1930's. Due to their making of only fancy, handmade wares, sales dropped seriously, during the depression. Also, tastes changed, as well as styles, which caused their pieces to be in less demand. The company never fully recovered, therefore, part of the buildings and equipment were sold in 1938.
This wonderful silver-plated goblet, circa 1890's, has an interesting and unique design. The engraved background portrays the waving surface of the water and the aquatic plant-life of huge lily pads and blossoms covering the surface of the water. On the front a large, 3-dimensional fish has jumped clear of the murky water chasing an insect or fly for his lunch. This may have been part of a set to use with a china fish set of the era or accompanied a water pitcher set. The goblet measures 5 3/4" in height, 2 3/4" across the top and 2 1/2" across the base. It is stamped "Pairpoint Mfg. Co. - 1638 - Quadruple Plate" and the "P" within the diamond mark. The silver-plate is in excellent condition with lots of original patina; it could be polished to a bright finish if so desired. Great Pairpoint item.