How to Identify Sandwich Glass

Lacy, delicate appearing swirls of scrolls and flowers were pattern motifs from the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company from the 1820s until 1888. While little glass from this era survives today, the spirit lives on in glass made from the 1930s through 1980s by companies such as Duncan Miller, Anchor Hocking and Indiana Glass. These …

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Owens Illinois

Most glass collectors have most likely heard of Owens-Illinois, Inc.  In 2005, the company changed its trade name to O-I.  About a half of every glass container in the world is made by either O-I, its affiliates, or its licensees. The company has a rich and fascinating history.  It was founded in 1903 by Michael …

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Picking the Perfect Beer Glass

There’s been quite a bit of attention paid to the type of wine glass to use when enjoying a chosen vintage. Recently, during happy hour at my neighborhood pub, however, I learned that choosing the right beer glass is essential when drinking my favorite brew. A Unique Experience “Choosing a beer glass is as important …

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Glass Marble Collecting

Do you remember when you were a kid how you would play marbles with your friends. You would draw a large circle on the ground and place a bunch of marbles in the middle. Your friend would sit outside of the circle and try to aim his marble in a way to get one of …

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Depression Glass Patterns

Pattern Company FirstYear LastYear No. OfYears No. OfColors Colors No. OfPieces Adam Jeannette 1932 1934 3 5 GPCYD 37 AmericanSweetheart Macbeth-Evans 1930 1936 7 6 XEPCRO 33 Aunt Polly Us Glass 1928 ? ? 3 GBI 21 Aurora Hazel-Atlas 1937 1938 2 4 GPCO 7 Avocado Indiana 1923 1933 11 4 GPCW 16 Block Optic …

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Brockway Glass Works

Most collectors of old glasses and glass bottles have heard of the name Brockway Glass.  This historical business originated in 1907 when it was known as the Brockway Machine Bottle Company.  It later changed its name to Brockway Glass.  It is well known for making glass with detailed designs.  I am fortunate to  be from …

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Pepsi Glasses

Most glass collectors began their hobby thanks to old Pepsi glasses that show the colorful Warner Brothers characters. They bring with them a sense of fun, especially for those who grew up watching the antics of Bugs Bunny and pals while growing up. You can still find some of these treasures with some exceptions. Looking …

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Milk Glass Collections

One type of glass sought by collectors is milk glass.  Although it gets its name because of the various white types of glass objects, includes other colors like blue, pink, yellow, brown, and black.  It is used in a variety of items including vases, bowls, and goblets.  White milk glass is colored with white pigment …

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Caithness Glass

The northern reaches of Scotland are where the Caithness Glass factory decided to establish its glassworks in 1961, in the Wick Highlands. Here surrounded by the Norse influence and with a history of Gaelic tradition, they began to produce high quality glass paperweights and glass art that quickly became collectible among glass collecting enthusiasts across …

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Glass Insulators

Collecting glass insulators can be an interesting hobby. They go back in time to the 1850s when they were first used for telegraph lines. There is a lot of historical value to glass insulators. Over time, they began being used for telephone and power lines. The production of glass insulators ended in the 1970s which …

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