- Signature Piece

Treasures of American History

Signature Piece

Table by Peter Glass, around 1860

Inlaid with more than thirty thousand pieces of wood, this tilt-top center table was created by German immigrant Peter Glass. As a farmer in Wisconsin, Glass applied his native training as a marquetry craftsman to make award-winning furniture in his spare time.

The elaborate octagonal tabletop combines traditional European designs with patriotic American motifs, including portraits of U.S. military generals. In eight oval plaques encircling the piece, Glass also portrayed himself: “Peter/Glass/Maker/Town/Scott
/Wisconsin/U.S. of/America.”