Through most of the 20th century, American glass companies such as Cambridge, Duncan & Miller, Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial and Westmoreland produced lovely "elegant" glassware to grace tables and china cabinets. Thousands of patterns -- etched, molded or plain -- in a rainbow of colors from sparkling crystal to soft pastels to dramatic ruby and cobalt allow creative table settings and a way to enjoy our glass heritage.
Photos of some of these "elegant" designs, including vintage magazine ads, will be presented here to help you identify glassware you've seen or collected. Patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s include:
Fostoria ad (part), 1948
An American covered compote stands before a plate; in the foregound are a footed water tumbler and a double candle holder.
Imperial Glass Corporation ad, 1947
Tiny glass thoroughbreds race to the finish line at Settle Downs ... "Cupid Wins." Candlewick pieces include a sherbet and liner atop a dinner plate, bread and butter plate, water goblet and saucer champagne. Note the 2.25" salt dip that holds two cigarettes.
Imperial Glass Corporation ad, 1949
"It Looks So Pretty!" A festive Candlewick punch set welcomes guests to a candlelit autumn party. Handled trays hold lemon wedges and treats.
Imperial Glass Corporation ad, 1946
"Sparkles for Sportsmen" features a crystal Cape Cod candleholder and vase. The autumn table setting is completed by wine and water goblets, bread and butter plate, ashtray and -- surprise! -- an individual pepper paired with an open salt dip.
Cambridge Glass ad (part), 1950
Caprice sugar, creamer, water goblet, cocktail and covered candy.
Fostoria ad (part), 1950
Century pieces float in mid air: cup and saucer, mayonaise with ladle, creamer, sugar and 2 plates.
Fostoria ad, 1940s
Ivy leaves reflected in a Colony plate focus attention on the Empire green/crystal Colonial Dame stems.
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To place an order: Color laser copies of vintage ads shown here are available for purchase. The originals in my collection measure about 9" x 12". Please specify the item, quantity desired and the size. 8.5" x 11" copies are $3.95 each and 11" x 17" copies are $7.50 each. Please make check or money order payable in U. S. funds to Cadia Los or My Glass Duchess.
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