Emil Larson Rose
Emil Larson (attributed), circa 1930s
Emil Larson was born in Sweden in
1879. His family immigrated to the United States when Emil was about nine. His
father, a glassworker, had been promised a job in White Mills, Pennsyvania at
the Dorflinger factory.
Christian Dorflinger, born in Alsace,
France, and schooled in the art of glassmaking at the St. Louis factory in Lorraine,
founded the Dorflinger Glass Company in White Mills, Pennsylvania, which manufactured
tableware until 1921. Larson began working at Dorflinger perhaps from the age
of thirteen, and continued there for 30 years. He learned the glass trade by
observing and copying techniques from others. Dorflingers made and advertised
paperweights during Larson's tenure there.
After Dorflinger closed, Larson
worked for Pairpoint Glassworks for several years. The company never recovered
from the 1930's Depression. Iit became Gundersen Glass works in 1939-1957. The
last manager, Robert Bryden, moved the firm to East Wareham in 1856, left for
Spain, but returned in 1970 to reopen Pairpoint. It remains in existence today
in Sagamore, Massachusetts.
Larson also worked at the Durand
Glassworks, Vineland, New Jersey. He had a factory behind his house in Vineland
where he made all of his paperweights. He became famous for his crimped upright
roses. According to Larson, only he and Ralph Barber made magnum-size rose weights.
After spending 25 years in Vineland, he retired to Florida in 1949.