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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Pitcher this: A froggy souvenirPalm Beach Post, April 26th
Later, it was a rare Heisey glass cheese tray with a frog motif. Now, it is a mass-produced souvenir cream pitcher that someone picked up as a memento of a visit to Newport Beach, Calif. German porcelain factories cranked out millions of pieces such as...Read more
The Works having triple gallery openingThe Newark Advocate, April 23rd
The exhibit features six contemporary glass artists and designs, blueprints and raw materials from local industries such as Everett Bottling, Heisey Holophane and Owens Corning. It runs April 24 to July 11. Culture features works by artist-in-residence...Read more
Exhibit at The Works shows off Licking County glassThe Newark Advocate, April 22nd
NEWARK – With companies such as Owens Corning, Heisey, Holophane and the former American Bottle Co. calling Licking County home, the city's rich history in industrial glass cannot be denied. All of those companies were big players in the industry, and ...Read more
Historic Homes Tour highlights five Newark originalsThe Newark Advocate, April 22nd
"We feel like Heisey has helped build this community. We know the interest is there (for the tour) and we understand the history behind it," Angela said. Sunday's event will be the historical society's third tour of homes. This year's event will...Read more
Aurora Recreation, Seniors NewsAurora Advocate, April 21st
May 11 -- lunch bunch at the Canton Women's Club; May 12 -- senior celebration at NEOMED; May 13 -- Meadows Casino; May 15 -- National Aviary Museum; May 18 -- Hartville Flea Market and Kitchen; May 19 -- Velvet Ice Cream and Heisey Glass Museum ...Read more
Man charged for firing shot in city, marijuanaLebanon Daily News, April 21st
Annville Township Police confiscated more than six pounds of marijuana at 243 E. Main St. and charged David Porche, 52, and Sarah Porche, 56, with possession with intent to deliver and manufacture marijuana and hash. (Submitted) ...Read more
WWII veteran relives memories of driving a tankThe Newark Advocate, April 18th
When he came home to Newark, he worked for Heisey Glass and the railroad before retiring from the former Newark Air Force Base. He has been married to his wife, Frances, for 42 years and enjoys being a grandfather and a great-grandfather. Although he ...Read more
ALL-HEISEY GLASS SHOW & SALEFredericksburg.com, March 19th
The glass was made from molds for pressed ware and blown ware. It was etched, cut, produced in beautiful colors and in numerous patterns. Contact David at 703-819-6429 should you have questions. Visit www.natcapheisey.org to print ad for the discount ...Read more