The term pressed glass is what we use to describe glass, which has been pressed in a mold using mechanical means.
These methods were developed in America sometime in the early 1820s it is not known however who actually invented this technique mainly as a fire at the patent office in 1836 destroyed all records.
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In February, 1886, W. L. Libbey and Son, as proprietors of the New England Glass Company, licensed Hobbs, Brockunier and Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, to manufacture “pressed Amberina.” Continue reading Pressed Amberina
Pomona, the Roman goddess of the fruit of trees, lent her name to one of the more subtle products of the New England Glass Works, and the delicate gelid appearance of Pomona glass has long been a source of eye pleasure to collectors of this ware. Continue reading Pomona Glass
The Victorian dining table was a sight to behold. The upper and middle classes of that era practiced elaborate eating customs that required a utensil for every function and a container for every food. The table would be replete with such pieces as napkin rings, celery dishes, individual salts, lidded mustards, castor sets for oil, vinegar and other condiments, tilting water pitchers, braziers, cinnamon shakers and, for a brief period, pickle castors. Continue reading Pickle Castors
Wilhelm Kralik of Neuwelt, Bohemia, patented a novel type of glassware which he named “Peloton Glass.” At the time the patent was registered, on October 25, 1880, Kralik was in the employ of Count Harrach, owner of one of the largest glass factories in Bohemia.
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For many years Pearl Satin Ware, sometimes called Pearl Ware, or Mother-of-Pearl Satinglass, has proved to be one of the most popular collectibles offered to a glass-conscious public. The various patterns in which this ware can be found, plus the many shades and combinations of color which may be encountered, make it to many collectors the most interesting of all the glasses fabricated in the nineteenth century.
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The publicity attendant on the sale of a Peach Blow porcelain vase for eighteen thousand dollars on March 8, 1886, precipitated the manufacture of glass and pottery reproduction of this ware. The vase, one of the thousands of art objects sold by the American Art Institute for the estate of Mrs. Mary Morgan, was reported to have once been in the collection of a Chinese mandarin named Wang Ye. Continue reading Peach Blow Glass
On April 9, 1895, a patent was issued to Andrew Stock and Emil Mueller of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, covering a process for manufacturing shaded and parti-colored glassware by painting the glass partially with a paint composed of copper oxide and yellow ochre.
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Opalescent glass is a generalized term for clear and semi-opaque pressed glass, cloudy, marbled, and sometimes accented with subtle coloring all combining to form a milky opalescence in the glass. Continue reading Opalescent Glass
The Northwood Glass Company was founded by English-born Harry Northwood, son of a talented glass manufacturer.
Harry left England to work in America in 1880, when he was twenty years old, and founded his own factory in 1887 in Ohio, before eventually moving to Wheeling, West Virginia. Many people believe that it was Harry who brought the technique of iridizations to the USA, having seen it at his father’s glassworks. Continue reading Northwood Glass