Antique Early American Pattern Glass

Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), also known as pressed glass, was produced from roughly 1850 to 1910. Cheaper to manufacture than blown glass, this glassware was made in cast-iron molds and marketed as an economic alternative to hand-cut crystal. Manufacturers made a wide range of patterns in order to compete with each other, usually patenting their work. Despite these steps, competitors routinely copied patterns by making minor changes to them and varying the names of the patterns just enough to keep from being sued.

One of the most famous of the early manufacturers was McKee, which established itself making windows and bottles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1836. By 1850, the company, which had numerous names in the 19th century, moved into flint glassware. By the 1860s, its patterns included Sprig, New Pressed Leaf, and Crystal. In 1889, the firm relocated to Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

Another famous Pittsburgh firm was Atterbury & Company, whose first patent came in 1874 for a pattern called Basket Weave. Others such as Lily (most collectors know it as Sunflower) followed, while one of Atterbury’s most famous designs, for a covered dish in the shape of a duck, was patented in 1887.

Ohio was also a center of EAPG. For example, Heisey was founded in 1895 in Newark, producing pressed glassware that was so precise it looked like cut glass. 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, although some of its most memorable pieces came later during the Depression.

Also from Ohio was Fostoria, which was established in 1887 and was known for its almost sculptural patterns such as Bedford, Frisco, and Heavy Drape. Some of its earliest products, though, were kerosene lamps.

By the 1890s, the industry was ready for consolidation. That occurred in earnest in 1891, when the United States Glass Company was created out of the merger of 18 glass factories. These included some of the biggest names in the business, including Adams & Company and Bryce Brothers of Pittsburgh; Columbia Glass and Bellaire Goblet of Findlay, Ohio; and Hobbs Glass and Central Glass of Wheeling, West Virginia. One company that did not join the group was Northwood, which, in 1902, moved into the factory that had been vacated by Hobbs.

After World War I, pattern-glass manufacturers struggled as the real thing from Waterford and Baccarat, among other European manufacturers, became relatively inexpensive and plentiful in the United States. But when the Great Depression hit, Americans once again turned to pattern glass made by companies that today are associated with Depression glass, including Anchor Hocking, Cambridge, Jeannette, Imperial, Hazel-Atlas, Indiana Glass Company, and Macbeth-Evans.


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1800s political pottery can be confusing to collectors
Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 26th

Three Face pattern glass was made until 1892. However, it has been reproduced. Original, early pieces sell for high prices, but reproductions sell for about $100. Q: I bought a “Vibro-Shaver” at a garage sale and would like some information about it. I...Read more

Antiques / By Terry Kovel
Buffalo News, July 25th

Three Face pattern glass was made until 1892. Original, early pieces sell for high prices; reproductions sell for about $100. ... Q: I bought a “Vibro-Shaver” at a garage sale and would like some information about it. I have the original box and the...Read more

Temperance jugs a confusing find
AberdeenNews.com, July 20th

Three Face pattern glass was made until 1892. However, it has been reproduced. Original, early pieces sell for high prices, but reproductions sell for about $100. Q: I bought a “Vibro-Shaver” at a garage sale and would like some information about it. I...Read more

Washington County festival shines light on glass design
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 16th

The show features a special exhibit of candelabra, candlesticks and candle holders in a variety of glass design including Early American Pattern Glass, Colonial Styles, Art Deco and Mid-century Modern. More glass candelabra will decorate the banquet...Read more

Putnam County antique glass enthusiasts show off their collections
Cookeville Herald Citizen, July 13th

There will also be 21 glass vendors set up with early American pattern glass, American-made pottery, kitchen items and other vintage glassware. Admission to the show will be $6, with proceeds benefiting the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W. Va., ...Read more

Duncan & Miller plans annual glass show
Washington Observer Reporter, July 12th

Many styles of glass design, including Early American Pattern Glass, Colonial Styles, Art Deco and Mid-century Modern, will be displayed. Additional special events include: • A convention dinner meeting Friday at the George Washington Hotel;. • A...Read more

Direct from Market: Atlanta July 2014
Gifts & Decorative Accessories, July 10th

Paddywax's Mixology collection is an homage to some of the most classic (and stirred) cocktails. Each candle comes in a white and gold pattern glass vessel with some contemporary patterns. Kringle Candle's Pineapple Sunset candle scent is inspired by...Read more

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You can say that the glass is an extension of ice etched pattern glass, but glass ice than Au Mongolia glass effect is more pronounced with more three-dimensional. Ice glass production with a...Read more