Nothing adds ambiance to a dinner table quite like candlelight. This month, we offer a gorgeous pair of candlesticks in Heisey’s Grape Cluster pattern.
The story of Heisey Glass begins in 1842, when Augustus H. Heisey and his parents immigrated to the United States from Germany. In August of 1862, Heisey left his job as a glassblower at Cascade Glass Co. in Pittsburgh to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War. At the end of the war, Heisey returned to Pennsylvania, where he was hired by the glass firm Ripley Company as a salesman. While working for the Ripley Company, Heisey met his future wife, Susan Duncan, who was the daughter of the company’s controlling partner, George Duncan. In 1874, George bought the Ripley Company outright and renamed the firm Duncan & Sons. Over the next several years, Heisey worked closely with his father-in-law, learning much about the glass industry.
In 1895, Heisey, with years of experience both in the manufacturing and sales sides of the glass-making business, decided to build his own glass factory in Newark, OH. The factory produced its first line of glassware in April of 1896. By 1900, the company was using its famous trademark: an “H” placed in the center of a diamond. The “diamond H” logo was designed by Heisey’s son, George, who based the design on his college fraternity pin. This “diamond H” logo would adorn Heisey products for the next fifty-seven years.
When Augustus Heisey died in 1922, his second son, Wilson, inherited control of the company. Wilson had graduated college with a degree in chemistry; he would later use this chemistry background to develop vibrant colors for the company’s products during the 1920s and 30s. After the Prohibition Act was repealed in 1930, Heisey released an extensive line of barware - these barware items would later help the company survive the Great Depression. In addition to their barware and stemware patterns, Heisey began producing a popular line of glass figurines. In 1949, the company produced the immensely successful Heisey Rose pattern.
Despite these successes, Heisey began to struggle. Faced with increasing costs, lower sales, and foreign competition, Heisey closed its doors permanently in 1957, selling all of its assets and molds to Imperial Glass of Bellaire, OH. When Imperial Glass filed for bankruptcy in 1984, Heisey’s original molds were acquired by the Heisey Collectors of America, an association of collectors who are located in Newark, OH.
It is still possible to have the beautiful and distinctive Heisey legacy in your home via the great candlesticks we are offering here.