After leaving the Union army as a Major after the Civil War, A.H. Heisey spent his adult life working in the glass business, and in 1895 he founded his own company in Newark, Ohio. His company went on to create pressed glassware so precise that it looked like cut glass. The Heisey Glass Company continued selling glass in its famously vivid colors until it was sold in 1958. Some of its most memorable pieces come from the Depression era.
Early on, the company was known for its colorless pressed glass tableware. In the first two decades of the 20th century, designer Arthur J. Sanford produced much of tableware for Heisey, a lot of it in the Colonial style.
Heisey was a forward-thinking company. It promoted itself around the United States through magazine advertising and became the first glassware company to use advertising as an essential marketing tool.
In the 1920s, shortly after the death of Major Heisey in 1922, the company began experimenting with exotic colors. These colors, which included Flamingo (a pink), Sahara (a yellow), and Dawn (a purple), supplemented the company’s already thriving crystal business and helped make Heisey one of the most popular Depression-era glassware companies. Today, these colored pieces are some of Heisey’s most collectible items.
During the Depression, Heisey released dozens of designs such as Charter Oak, which was produced between 1926 and 1935 and featured bowls, candlesticks, plates, stems, tumblers, lamps, pitchers, and comports. Charter Oak, as well as other designs like Chintz and Lariat, came in various colors, in addition to clear crystal. Other patterns such as Crystolite were produced exclusively in crystal.
During and after World War II, Heisey dabbled in high-end art glass, which the company branded as Verlys. It also produced and sold figurines. During the postwar period, Heisey became particularly known for its glass animals in a wide array of colors.
Heisey’s output was not limited to glass for the home. Over the years, Heisey also produced commercial glass for hotels and bars, as well as items like car headlights...
In 1958, Heisey was purchased by Imperial Glass Company, which continued to use Heisey’s molds through 1984. Glass made in those molds after 1958 can be confused with Heisey glass because of the similar designs, but the colors are different. Pre-1958 Heisey glass is also recognizable for its logo—an H inside of a diamond—on its pieces, though collectors have discovered that unmarked Heisey pieces also exist.
Affection for Heisey did not stop when it changed hands in ’58. In 1971, fans of Heisey formed a group called “Heisey Collectors of America.” Three years later, they founded a museum in Newark, Ohio, devoted to vintage Heisey glass.
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Things to do…The Buckeye Lake Beacon, February 26th
Sign up to create your own blown glass egg during one of our March Hot Glass Experiences at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. Dates are ... This concert will be directed by Heisey member Jeffrey D. Shellhammer. Mr. Shellhamer has ...Read more
Glass Slipper Project makes formal dresses more affordableLebanon Daily News, February 21st
The project is sponsored by area agencies and held in the Glass Slipper Boutique in the Lebanon Valley Mall. "Many families are still living paycheck to paycheck," said Cindy Heisey of Temp Force, one of the organizers of the event. "Just to attend a...Read more
Glass and Antique Show returns to RosenbergFort Bend Herald, February 19th
Guests will find a variety of companies at the show, including: Fenton, Cambridge, Imperial, Duncan, Tiffin, Anchor Hocking, Jeannette, McKee, Fostoria, Blenko, Heisey, Weller and Roseville. Plus a glass repair service will be offered on site and...Read more
Who lived in all those big local houses? part 2The Newark Advocate, February 7th
A. H. Heisey was, of course, the founder and president of A. H. Heisey and Co., the world-famous maker of glassware. He also was the ... Willis Robbins, commercial builder and manufacturer of artificial glass, built the house at 206 Robbins Drive in 1849...Read more
Licking County Chamber celebrates 100 yearsThe Newark Advocate, January 29th
Heisey Glass, one of the giants of glass-making, had a long and illustrious history in the area. Its glassware is still acclaimed for its historical significance and quality. Present. Today the area continues its manufacturing tradition, and for a...Read more
Innovation and development boost region's job marketThe Newark Advocate, January 29th
Favorite local weekend activity: The Granville Antiques Fair followed by a tour of the Robbins Hunter House Museum or the Heisey Glass Museum. Favorite local restaurant: The Buxton Inn or Brews Cafe — I love them both. One place every visitor must see...Read more
Free Heisey glass appraisal and ID event to be SaturdayThe Newark Advocate, January 21st
•What: Free Heisey glass appraisal and identification event. •Where: National Heisey Glass Museum, 169 W. Church St., Newark. •When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. •FYI: Heisey collectors and members of the Newark Buckeye Heisey Collectors Club will ...Read more