One of the most popular designs was Westmoreland's Paneled Grape. Westmoreland suffered through the Great Depression in the 1930s like the majority of other glass companies and varied businesses, but unlike others, they never ceased production. This pattern has heavily decorated pieces with prominent raised clusters of grapes and leaves. Also of note is the Hen on a Nest 4 , which has been produced by virtually every milk glass manufacturer at some point. Although we occasionally see the Old Quilt Water Sets for sale, the matching pieces are more difficult to locate today, with the Honey Amber Carnival pieces being the rarest of the two carnival colors. It was made somewhere around 1900 and has an ornate open-work rim. Most have scalloped or fluted edges with faceted sides or sections.
Vivienne Lydamore has written professionally since 1978. Lydamore has covered the dedication of Egyptian galleries at the British Museum, published oral histories with underground miners and ghostwritten numerous health-care articles and marketing pieces. Production of the line 500 was made primarily in Crystal in the early years, but gradually various pieces were introduced in Milk Glass. When Westmoreland introduced their 500 line around 1910, they did not assign it any particular name. More recent auctions for this same piece show it selling slightly lower than this one did without the buyers premium.
It is unlikely that any American glass factory produced Mary Gregory-style glass before Westmoreland Glass Company's 1957 line. Whenever a matching set is kept together, the value—both aesthetically and monetarily—increases. You can sort by any title. Tip Visit flea markets and antique stores, talk with knowledgeable vendors or join a group of collectors and ask a lot of questions. Another mark consists of the Westmoreland Glass name encircling a stylized W. It is important to be aware that reproductions are in circulation as well. While this 3-inch example was made by Fenton, other manufacturers produced them for decades around the turn of the 20th century as well.
Quantities of items made in carnival glass were hand-numbered and many signed, as Levi was creating a limited edition market for his wares with carnival glass collectors especially in mind. However, in the 1920's the company did make limited selections of high quality decorated glass and crystal, including hen on nest dishes made in a variety of colors in addition to the ever-popular milk glass examples. Westmoreland's Honey Amber Carnival Glass was perhaps the most innovative, for no one has yet matched the richness of this color and iridization. The more famous the player, the more desirable it is, too. You can link to Company albums from the menu bar above. This proved to be too expensive a process from 1957 onwards.
Brainard, became the head of the organization after his father passed away. Check the characteristics of the Westmoreland beaded edge pattern with small closely-spaced beading that occurs on the edges of plates and saucers, and in a single band near the top edges of goblets. Brainard became president in 1937 and served in that capacity until 1953 when his son, James H. If you see a gold antique frame, it's an album also. Westmoreland's Old Quilt pattern itself is readily described, for it is a design of repeating raised, and patterned squares that alternate with, and are divided by, criss-crossed diagonal bands. In the early 1900s glass containers holding condiments such as vinegar, mustard, and lemon flavoring were made and distributed by Westmoreland. Click on any of the top titles to sort.
The company originally made glass containers but it also processed baking powder, mustard, vinegar, and other condiments to fill them. Ice Blue Carnival Made in 1976 by Westmoreland for Westmoreland - not a Levay issue. A very special thanks to Ruth Grizel for the permission to reprint this article. There are Country Level and Company level albums as well. By the time the company closed in 1984, Westmoreland produced approximately 90 percent of milk glass in white and other colors. Click the brown framed image to get more info and a larger image which you can in most cases enlarge further to see detail by using the drop down. However, if you are a new collector, do not be discouraged by these seemingly high values, as it will always be worth the money invested in it.
Special thanks to Cynthia Bullard, president of the National Milk Glass Collectors Society, , for loaning us many of the items in this story. Each is smaller than this piece. Two use the keystone motif bearing the letter W combined with other text. This particular piece was made by Indiana Glass Co. The white variety beloved today rose to prominence during the Victorian era, when it was coveted as an economic dead-ringer for porcelain.
Pitchers Decorative pitchers recall a time when lingering around the dinner table was the norm. With Westmoreland's introduction of colors in 1964, items like the High and Low Ftd. For the most up to date information on milk glass selling prices, be sure to check a number of online venues such as Ruby Lane, Etsy, and run. Glass was the only product being distributed from the Grapeville factory at that time, and the business wanted to make sure that wholesalers and consumers understood the primary focus of the business. For an example, when you think of Fostoria, you think of their 'American' pattern. To grow an ivy ball, water fills the cavity of the ball and ivy cuttings are placed through the opening in the top. During World War I they also made candy containers but soon found themselves unable to keep up with the demand for this specialty product and stopped doing them.
In the 1920s Westmoreland used a W inside a keystone shaped like an angular urn. However, Westmoreland made several famous dinnerware patterns long before Paneled Grape which were equal in stature. New collectors will learn a lot in their quest for Westmoreland milk glass. Founded in 1899, the Westmoreland Glass Company produced glass for almost a century, with the majority of production in Grapeville, Pennsylvania between 1924 and 1984. Black Carnival Water Set made in 1984 by Westmoreland, for Westmoreland, but never sold on the open market as Westmoreland closed. Made by Westmoreland, for Westmoreland.
As a collector, it's important to do your research on any piece as values can change regularly. The pattern began with less than 25 pieces in 1910, and grew to over 65 different items by 1960. We all know Westmoreland gained the most fame with their 1881 Paneled Grape Dinnerware in Milk Glass, but this pattern wasn't created before 1950. Lime Green Carnival Water Set made by Westmoreland for Levay in 1976, and only 125 sets made. Westmoreland Patterns Learn to recognize milk glass by pattern. In 1924, it officially became Westmoreland Glass Company. Baseball adds to the value of many antiques and collectibles.