Big Pine Key Glass Works 1967-1972
Molly

High Springs, FL

#21 Jul 23, 2010
I have two small deep green sort of ruffle top vases that are etched with 'Big Pine Key Glass Works.' They were given to me by mother-in-law, and were purchased by her on one of her trips to the Keys. My husband and I both lived in Key West in the early 70s. I can email you pictures if you're interested.
dwight pettit

Lake Mary, FL

#22 Jul 28, 2010
Molly wrote:
I have two small deep green sort of ruffle top vases that are etched with 'Big Pine Key Glass Works.' They were given to me by mother-in-law, and were purchased by her on one of her trips to the Keys. My husband and I both lived in Key West in the early 70s. I can email you pictures if you're interested.
Yes I am very interested in any and all artifacts and photos of glass artifacts showing glass ware from the Big Pine Key Glass Works. I look forward to recieving the photos. I am comprising a large computer file with all known artifacts and photos about the Glass Works. Hopefully within the next 9 years. When I can finally retire I will post a website on the internet so everyone world wide can see it for them selves. Thank you for responding. My EMAIl is [email protected] Thanks Again Dwight
Terry

Bellefontaine, OH

#23 Aug 22, 2010
Hi Dwight, I just received an email about this web site. I have a big pine key flask up on ebay, there is only a couple of hours left for bidding but I thought that I may as well ask if you wanted a picture of this flask? My ID on ebay is glasscaneguy if you want to contact me. Terry
Richard Price

Key West, FL

#24 Oct 20, 2010
The Big Pine Key Glass Works was owned and operated by Lester Cunningham, not the Pettit's. Mr Cunningham let a lot of people who were interested in glass blowing come in and learn the trade from him. A number of glass blowers would arrive for the winter season to share their knowlege and learn from others.
One can learn the true history of BPKGW by looking in the book by Jean S. Melvin, written in 1967, 1970, she explains who worked there and who owned the glassworks.
I am proud to have known Mr. Cunningham, his wife and daughters.
Please set the record straight
Dwight Pettit

Sanford, FL

#25 Oct 20, 2010
Yes Mr Price you are 100% correct!!!!! I have been telling people for years that Mr Lester Cunningham Owned and operated the Big Pine Key Glass Works from 1964 up until his untimely death in a car accident on Big Pine Key in 1973. But, My Father Dwight Sr. Was the Glass artist who worked side by side with Mr cunningham in the glass factory as well as being his plant manager from 1964-1969. My mother and Sister ran the showroom attached to the factory. My older brother Anthony, myself and my younger brother Dana also worked in the factory all those years.(Summer of 1964-Sept 1969). I cannot understand why people think we owned the glass factory. Unless of course they are getting the Sebring Glass Works Company in Sebring Florida from 1972-1975 mixed up with the BPKGW. And yes we did run and own that Glass Factory. I have never told anyone that we owned the BPKGW. But that we worked there and managed the factory with and for Mr Cunningham. And I do have the utmost respect for Mr Cunningham and his Family. I have known his daughters all of my life. And the book you mentioned Jean Melvin, I have read it and have a copy. They photograhped the factory in early 1970 with the whole new crew who was working for and with Mr Cunningham in the factory after my family had left to go back up north in September of 1969. There was no mention ever in Jean Melvin's book of my family cause it was done well after we had left the Keys. So you see the book only tells readers about part II of the History of the Big Pine Key Glass Works. I would never ever take anything away from what Mr Cunningham has done for me and my family in giving us the opertunity to set up and run with and for him the first ever old world style glass house in Florida's History. My family and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him and will be thankful to him for the rest of our lives for him letting us join him on his indeaver to run and operate a glass works. So as you can see Sir I have set the record straight again. Where they keep getting that we owned the BPKGW I will never know. But I assure you and the Mr Cunninghams Daughters everyone I come in contact with concerning the BPKGW through EMAILS I always tell them that we did not own the factory and that we worked with and for Mr Cunningham who was the Owner and operater of the factory. Good Day to you sir. Dwight Jr.
Jannette

Tallahassee, FL

#26 Jan 14, 2011
I have a piece Handcrafted by Big Pine Key Glassworks. It has the name Fred Tittle, Monroe County, 1824. I don't know if it is a coaster or paperweight or what exactly it is. If anyone knows anything about when Big pine Key Glassworks started, Please let me know. I am very curious about this itme. Thank you.
Dwight Pettit

Cocoa, FL

#27 Jan 14, 2011
Hi Jannette, A very lovely BPKGW "Queen Conch" plate. This is the first time a have seen one. I knew that there was about twenty different plates made at the BPKGW from 1964-1969 & 1970-1973. But this is the first "Queen Conch" plate I have seen. It is a beautiful blue carnival glass one. And the features of the press bubble ring around the top. It is quite evident in almost all the plates that were made there. Would you be so kind as to send me another photo of the front and also add one of the back. This way I can add it to the "BPKGW" photo archive I started back in 2000. I would appreciate it very much. It definetly is not a paperweight. These were made as part of a collectors series for many years. You can see a few more different plates made by the Big Pine Key Glass Works on the attached website I have added to this EMAIL. I must also inform you that my family was in the process of buying the BPKGW from Mr Cunningham in the 1960's. But the deal fell through and we never ever owned the factory. Mr Cunningham was the sole owner from 1964-1973. But you will find some paperweights that will have a label saying " Dwight's Big Pine Key Glass Works". This was only done for a short time when we were going to buy the glassworks from Mr. Cunningham. This went on only for about six months. When The deal fell through, the "Dwight" label was stopped and the original "Big Pine Key Glass Works" label on the base of the glass artifacts was continued. I have tried to find out information about Fred Tittle, Monroe County, 1824 on the internet. But I have not found anything out as yet. I do know that Monroe County was incorporated on July 23, 1823. I wish I could be more helpful. But now you have given me a challenge to find out. I will also get with Mr. Jerry Wilkerson, who is the Florida Keys Historian and see if he can shed some lite on this for us. I will let you know what he says and thank you so much for contacting me about this beautiful Blue Carnvial Glass Big pine Key Glass Works plate. Dwight

http://www.thistlewoods.net/Big-Pine-Key.html
Ted

Haines City, FL

#28 Jan 30, 2011
I'm a part time BPK resident, and have just discovered that I have some BPKGW 1972 Presidential election commerative plates. One has "Nixen/Agnew", one has "McGovern/Shriver", and one has "McGovern/Shriver", but also has "Eagleton" crossed out with three bold "X"s. We also have the pelican and Indian head plates. Onward to collecting more BPKGW stuff!! Where was the glassworks building located?? It appears to have been right on U.S. 1. Any idea if the building is still there?? Thanks!!!
Dwight Pettit

Lake Mary, FL

#29 Jan 30, 2011
Hi Ted, Most excellent my friend!!!! I am so glad to know that some one has some of those BPKGW plates in there collection. I would love to see photos of the front and back of the plates if that is possible. I would love to add the photos to my BPKGW archive of photos. As of today it numbers about 300+. My email address is [email protected] The only thing left of the factory is the showroom building floor. Last time I was down at BPK a couple of years ago. Thats was all that was there. If you come out of the Flea Market on BPK you turn south on US1 and directly across the street on the right less than 100-125 feet you will see it. It stands behind a sighn saying "POSTED KEEP OUT". That is all that is left. Even the house I lived in next to the factory is gone. Such a darn shame for such a wonderful historical site it would of been, if it was still standing. Thank You for your comment and I hope to hear more from you soon. Thanks again Dwight Jr.
Dwight Pettit

Sanford, FL

#30 Mar 16, 2011
Jannette wrote:
I have a piece Handcrafted by Big Pine Key Glassworks. It has the name Fred Tittle, Monroe County, 1824. I don't know if it is a coaster or paperweight or what exactly it is. If anyone knows anything about when Big pine Key Glassworks started, Please let me know. I am very curious about this itme. Thank you.
Hi Jannete, Thank you for letting me get the "Conch" BPKGW Carnival glass plate from you. It is a beautiful addition to my Glassworks archive. Many Thanks Dwight JR.
Dwight Pettit

Sanford, FL

#31 Mar 16, 2011
Ted wrote:
I'm a part time BPK resident, and have just discovered that I have some BPKGW 1972 Presidential election commerative plates. One has "Nixen/Agnew", one has "McGovern/Shriver", and one has "McGovern/Shriver", but also has "Eagleton" crossed out with three bold "X"s. We also have the pelican and Indian head plates. Onward to collecting more BPKGW stuff!! Where was the glassworks building located?? It appears to have been right on U.S. 1. Any idea if the building is still there?? Thanks!!!
Hi Ted, Any chance I can get photos from you of these fine BPKGW plates you have? I would appreciate it very much. Dwight Jr. My regular email address is [email protected]
Gary

Moultrie, GA

#32 Jun 18, 2011
I found at an auction a few weeks ago 4 paperweights and I do not think the seller knowns the history though they were not cheep.
I will sell them on ebay it is what I do.
I wrote to you and emailed photos a few years back before I sold the paperweights on ebay.
I will send you the photos today if you want more photos of them, that will not be a problem, but email asap
Thanks
Gary
Surgeinc
dwight pettit

Sanford, FL

#33 Jun 18, 2011
Hi Gary, A most excellent find at an auction no doubt. As I have said before there is probably about 3,000-6,000 paperweights out their and they will pop up from time to time. When you least expect them to. Thank you so much for sharing the photos with me!!!! I will add them to the archive album. And good luck on your sale!!!!!!!! Dwight Jr.
dwight pettit

Sanford, FL

#34 Jul 5, 2011
Hi Gary, I have just checked your EBAY listing of the BPKGW Paperweights you are selling today. Your listing is wrong and needs to corrected. First please correct your spelling errors and stop telling folks my dad was the glass artist who made these paperweights. While my family was there working with and for Mr Lester Cunningham(he was the sole owner/operator of the Big Pine Key Glass Works)from 1964-1969 there was no paperweights ever made with any other stamp on the base but the triangle stamp with the letters " B P K G W ". I have confered with my mother and my older Brother Anthony who spent numerous more hours than I working with my dad and Mr Cunningham in the factory making the glass artifacts about these two paperweights you have out for sale on EBAY. And both of them have verified to me that we did not make any such marking on any paperweights at the factory like that from 1964-1969. Please correct your listing ASAP or shut it down. You are making a lot of folks upset about your listing. The Big Pine Key Glass works was in operation from 1964-1973. From 1964-1969, my dad was a commerical artist who learned to be a glass artist/glass maker from mr Cunningham and became his factory manager who worked for and with him making all the glass artifacts. From 1970-1973, Mr Jennings Bonnell was Mr Cunninghams Glass artist/Factory manger. But from talking to folks who were there after my family left in 1969, there was many glass artists who came to work with and for Mr Cunningham making glass artifacts from 1970-1973. Too many to count. So to say it was just my father who made these paperweights is totally untrue and must be corrected. Please correct it or shut your EBAY listing down. Thank you. Dwight Jr.
Scott Baker

Key West, FL

#35 Aug 14, 2011
Dear Mr.Pettit, I am a lifelong resident of big pine key.my father developed pine channel estates,and as a young kid i used to spend a lot of time watching the glass blowers there, my father was friends with les cunningham and as a kid he gave me a glass train he blew into a mold, the mold made 4 at a time and then cooled in a kiln. he t Bakerold me they were the first ones he had made(a test run) they are clear glass as i have seen others that were made of old insulater glass that were pale blue.I also have an amber flask made for collectors weekly.I know about the flask history ,but no one seems to know about the history or worth of the flagler train engine.I was hoping you might shed some light on this for me. respectfully, Scott J. Baker
Dwight Pettit

Waynesboro, MS

#36 Aug 14, 2011
Hi Scott, So glad to hear that you were able to see the Big Pine Key Glass Works while they were in operation. I am also pleased to know that you have a few artifacts from the factory. I do not know anything about the History of the "Flagler Train". I have not seen one before. But I can only assume that they were made to commemorate the Henry Flagler overseas train that was built along the Florida Keys in the early 1900's. As far as what one is worth. I could not honestly tell you a true value. Just guessing, I would say $50 USD or more. Thank you for questions and I hope you can find more information about the Train. Dwight Jr.
Dwight Pettit

Cocoa, FL

#37 Aug 31, 2011
I just thought I would let everyone know that during the month of July this Summer. Me and my mother Mariane Pettit and Mary Bunnell met for the very first time. For me it was the second time meeting Mrs Bunnell. I first met Mr & Mrs Jennings Bunnell in the fall of 1973 up at our Sebring Glassworks Company in Sebring Florida. It was a miracle in the works to have both wifes of both factory managers that ran and operated the Big Pine Key Glassworks with and for Mr Lester Cunningham the sole owner operator of the Glassworks from 1964-1973 together at one time. We had such a wonderful time talking about our years at the glassworks. It was eye opening and very inforamtional for me to see and hear what went on at the Glassworks from 1970-1973. As my family left the Glassworks in late September of 1969. We had a wonderful time of five long years at the factory. Hopefully some day we will meet again. Keep looking for those artifacts folks. They are still out there, you would be surprised what will show up at estate sales, yard sales and flea markets. Happy Hunting!!!! Dwight Jr.
marjorie terrell

Somerset, KY

#39 Nov 30, 2011
I got some of the flask made with the gpkgw and i have a drummer boy that doesnt have anything on the bottom i inherited these bottle from my grandmother there are 11 total of them a couple are duplicates but for the most part all different if you are still searching for these
marjorie terrell

Somerset, KY

#40 Nov 30, 2011
i am so sorry i forgot to put in a contact email it is [email protected]
Peggy

Saint Louis, MO

#41 Dec 3, 2011
We purchased a 12 inch blue vase from an estate sale labled with the Big Pine Key Glas Works on the bottom. If you are interested in purchasing this vase please e-mail us at [email protected] We are own and operated by the Grand Haven Christian Schools in Grand Haven, MI

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