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:
1949 Duncan & Miller ad
"Only Duncan makes genuine Duncan Ruby like this
. . . rich, red, sparkling Ruby like gems of the Orient. Old-time Duncan glassmakers got the same rare shade by melting ten-dollar gold pieces in the glass batch. Duncan's Ruby is a bright idea for accenting the beauty of your home, for adding a festive note to your entertaining. And it's handmade by the famous Duncan craftsmen who for 84 years have fashioned the loveliest glassware in America."
1952 Westmoreland Glass Company ad
"The inherent beauty of Westmoreland's enchanting handmade 'English Hobnail' Crystal is one that increases with the years. Its intimacy and beauty are enhanced by long association and use. 'English Hobnail' is handmade in one hundred and twenty-three open stock items. It is available as a complete luncheon or dinner service, in round or square plates with a choice of square-footed or barrel-shaped stemware. Many gift sets and individual pieces are ideal for very special giving."
Fostoria Fern stemware
Duncan & Miller ad
Imperial Glass Corporation ad shows decanters in a window
Imperial Glass Corporation ad - art glass with a Chinese influence
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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.
Shipping and insurance: To a U. S. address, orders will be sent flat via First Class Mail. Please add $1.75 per order (not per print) to help defray postage costs. Insurance ($1.35 up to $50.00 value) is optional but recommended. If you prefer Priority Mail, UPS or other methods of shipping, please inquire. International orders will be charged actual shipping costs.
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