The Replacements, Ltd. museum showcases a large number of crystal items. One of the more unique pieces that we carry is this “Hydrangea” goblet which was designed by Dorothy C. Thorpe and manufactured by the Heisey Glass Co. The “Hydrangea” pattern is a short stemware line that was released in 1946. Many of the stems from this collection feature Heisey’s diamond “H” logo. Other pieces are etched with Dorothy Thorpe’s “dTc” logo. Another interesting feature of this goblet is the “Dorothy C. Thorpe Original” sticker. This sticker has remained on the glass since it was first produced in the late 40’s.
Dorothy Thorpe was a painter and designer from California. Each of the unique pieces that she designed have become highly collectible. Stems from the “Hydrangea” pattern are valued from $250 to $300 each.
The Heisey Glass Co. produced stemware and giftware lines from 1896 to 1957. A. H. Heisey, the founder of Heisey Glass, married Susan Duncan, the daughter of the owner of Duncan Glass. Together, A. H. and Susan opened the Heisey Glass Co. in Newark, OH. The many lines of stemware produced by Heisey Glass were very successful. During the Second World War, the company began producing a series of highly collectible animal figurines. The increase in foreign produced glassware forced the company into financial hardship. Heisey closed the doors of its Newark, OH factory on Christmas day, 1957. All of Heisey’s molds were sold to the Imperial Glass Co.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Heisey Glass Co., then click here. Replacements, Ltd. carries an extensive collection of Heisey’s patterns. Click here to see a complete list of Heisey’s patterns.