Steuben Glassware

Steuben glass is another group of collectible art glasses to originate in Corning, New York. Among the most recognizable pieces include distinctive blue perfume bottles and the Rosaline glass created in the 1920s. The frustration to many collectors is that finding pre-1933 pieces is very difficult. Nonetheless, people wishing to see some can do so …

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Hummel Figurines

M.I. Hummel products are the result of a meeting of the minds which created a long standing partnership between W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik and a German artist who was also a nun; Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Berta Hummel was born in Bavaria in 1909 and had a remarkable talent for creating still life versions of children. …

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Limoges: Not Just Porcelain

Limoges China has been popular for over 100 years, yet in that time span, many people are still unaware that Limoges is not a factory per se’ but many factories all situated in a region of France known as Limoges, for which the China is named. Sought by collectors today and highly prized, the Limoges …

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China and Pottery Marks

China and pottery manufacturers have used pottery or china marks as a means to provide for identification of their products nearly since the inception of the glassmakers craft. A china, or pottery mark, is very much like a fingerprint is to a human. A means of identifying and letting the purchaser or owner know when …

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Modern Stained Glass

Stained glass, which is an art from whereby slivers or pieces of glass are placed together with lead seams to create intricate pictures that are then used in windows, or for lampshades, has undergone some remarkable changes since it began to be used many hundred years ago. The original stained glass was primarily used for …

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The Federal Glass Company

Federal Glass was established in Ohio in the early 1900’s by members of the Beatty family, well known glass manufacturers. Its makers mark can be identified by the capital letter F inside a shield. The earliest Federal Glass was not colored, it was flint glass and characterized by the tiny nodules of flint in the …

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Milk Glass

Milk glass got its name from, yes, you guessed it, the milky white color that it has. It was, in the beginning supposed to be reminiscent of porcelain but be less costly to produce and therefore to purchase. The color of the pieces are important when you are trying to determine an older piece from …

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Haviland China

Haviland China began its history as a trading company in the 1830s in New York City. The partner, David Haviland, specialized in French and English table settings. In the 1840s Mr. Haviland left New York for France, looking for a place to start his own business focused on a passion for porcelain. By 1855 his …

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Wedgwood China

Wedgwood China is highly collectible, being a high quality product with diversity and sound craftsmanship behind it. Josiah Wedgwood founded a company in the mid 1700s. Within 10 years he developed the distinct cream earthenware for which Wedgwood is famous (see Queen’s Ware). Another development around this time was called Egyptian Black, used for various …

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Westmoreland Glass Company

The Westmoreland Glass company began in the late 1800s by an investing group. What we know of the early beginnings comes to us from private letters written by James Brainard and A.J. Stevenson. Stevenson ran the Specialty Glass Company in Ohio, while Brainard was a part owner in Westmoreland. Apparently these two found a perfect …

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