How expensive is collecting glassware?

  How expensive is collecting glassware?  Thats a question a lot of people have and its a reasonable one in the economy we’re facing now. Glassware, like any other hobby, can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you choose to make it, but many people think that simply because they are on a budget, […]

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Westmoreland Glass Company

Spring of 1889 saw a group of men together operating what was known as the Specialty Glass Company, based in East Liverpool Ohio, and moving that plant to Grapeville, a site that was about 25 miles away from the larger city of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania because there was gas found on the property where the plant […]

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Milk Glass: An Encyclopedia for New Collectors

With any hobby, whether its quilting, crafting, woodworking or bird watching there comes a certain amount of research and learning that’s necessary to make it enjoyable and in reality, to keep you from getting taken when its time to buy that new piece that you need to help you advance in the hobby. There is […]

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Murano Glass Collecting

  Murano Glass is one of the most highly collected glass wares out there, and with the history of it, its no real wonder. Murano has a great deal to give to the collector, including a history of fine glassware that spans more than 600 years. murano1 The history of Murano goes back in fact […]

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Iconic Glassware Companies Fall to Economy

Of great interest to not just workers but collectors world wide, particularly in UK and the USA is the recent fall from grace of companies such as that which declared their bankruptcy just twelve hours ago. Waterford-Wedgwood, a company which  conjoined two powerhouses in crystal and china, collectibles of all varieties, tonight seeks protection from creditors, […]

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Royal Doulton Identifying Marks–Dating

Royal Doulton, like any other company has, over the course of its existence, changed its mark several times, although in many cases the changes were slight in nature and did not completely change the mark or style. The Royal Doulton company began to use its mark in about 1879, and used that mark exclusively, save […]

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Federal Glassware Patterns

  The Federal Glass Company was established in 1900 in Columbus Ohio and operated their glass making by  hand, making pressed glassware, some of it with needle etchings. Federal Glass had the business acumen to anticipate the publics need for a large amount of glassware for a reasonable price and made the step over to […]

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Belleek China Marks

  In a previous series on China marks we discussed the fact that due to lengthy histories, upheavals or simply the evolution of a company over a century or more, the marks used by the company changed, evolved or grew as the company grew. A perfect example of this is the Belleek company and its […]

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Libbey Glass Collectibles

 Libbey Glass Company began their business life named the New England Glass Company. They produced a wide variety of glassware, and in the end expanded their business to sheet glass and windshields, but are more widely known for their cut glass and shaped drinking glasses. The company was, in the beginning producing multiple items including […]

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Royal Doulton and its Predecessor–Doultonware

  Anyone who knows anything at all about glassware has heard the name Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and knows the beautiful china and glassware, as well as the quality that goes along with the name. Most of us however aren’t aware that the company has been in existence for nearly 200 years and that there […]

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