It’s not always clear…
I recently appraised a large glass collection for a client. A number of pieces were from a company started right here in Ohio, Heisey Glass.
There were clear and colored serving bowls and dishes, several milk glass pieces and many had an iridescent appearance not unlike carnival glass. My research found that Heisey Glass never produced a carnival glass! These pieces were most likely purchased from Heisey Glass as “blanks”, by other companies who further decorated them with paintings, etchings and other treatments.
I found this nice little article by a colleague, published in his book Betcha Didn’t Know That! 101 Antiques and Collectibles Trivia Tips That Can Make You Rich, Famous, and the Hit of the Party, Volume 1, by Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes.
Diamond in the Smooth
QUESTION: What’s round on both sides and “hi” in the middle with
beautiful pressed glass all around?
ANSWER: Ohio. It’s the birthplace of the glass with the welcoming name,
Heisey (pronounced “Hi, Zee”) Glass.
A.H. Heisy was born in Germany, and lived in Pennsylvania, but he got
“on the map” in Newark, Ohio where he built his first factory.
Why is everyone so “high” on Heisey?
The A. H. Heisey Company produced “elegant glassware for practical
usage” from 1896 to 1957 in Newark, Ohio. The glass they created was not
cheap when it was made, and it showed up in many a bride’s registry during
the company’s “reign” from 1896-1957. They began producing press-molded
glass from older Early American pattern glass molds and moved on to make
the beautiful, delicate glass that people often incorrectly refer to as “crystal.”
So how do you spot a Heisy? Look for its “brand.” It’s a diamond-shape
around a large letter H.
The factory produced its first line of glassware in April of 1896, but the
famous trademark didn’t appeal until 1900. The idea for the design came
from the fraternity pin of Heisey’s son. The mark is sometimes extremely
well hidden and you’ll need to check a glass from stem to stern to find it…
although it’s likely to be on the stem. Why? The trademark was pressed
into the glass, so it had to appear on the press-molded portion of the glass…
usually the stem.
A.H. Heisey & Company produced glass from 1896-1957 in Newark, Ohio. Since 1974, the National Heisey Glass Museum, in Newark, Ohio, is owned and operated by the Heisey Collectors of America, Inc.. A new wing to the museum was added in 1993.
Do you have a large glass or china collection that you have inherited and need appraised for an estate or family distribution? Are you downsizing and just need to liquidate a few things?