For our Museum Feature this newsletter we thought you’d enjoy having a look at one of the patterns on display in our special Heisey Glass Co. exhibit in the Replacements, Ltd. museum. Remember, the Heisey Glass Co. exhibit is on display until April 25, so if your travel plans permit, please stop by to see it – you’re always welcome here! Pieces from the Heisey Rose pattern by the Heisey Glass Co. include the water goblet, fan-shaped vase (7 inches tall), and three-toed bowl (11 1/8 inches in diameter). The goblet features a concave bowl that flares at the top, with the distinctive “Heisey Rose” design etched in the sides, a multi-sided stem, with beautifully sculpted rose designs at the base, and a round foot. The 7-inch fan-shaped vase is ideal for buds and small flowers, with the rose design beautifully etched on its side. The three-toed bowl features wonderful proportions and balance in its design, and the toes are sea horses, delicately wrought.
One of the most popular patterns Heisey Glass Co. ever produced, Heisey Rose was manufactured between 1949 and 1957, when the company closed. The advertisement reproduced here was probably released in 1949, in conjunction with the introduction of the pattern. This was a time of great transition in the tableware industry in the United States, when more and more Americans were turning toward a more casual lifestyle, and posed sometimes insurmountable challenges to American glass makers, especially in the face of stiff competition from manufacturers overseas.
In 1842 A. H. Heisey and his parents emigrated to the United States from Germany, settling in Merrittown, PA, near Pittsburgh, a glass-making center during this period. As an adult, Heisey worked as a glass blower for the Cascade Glass Co. in Pittsburgh, but left his job to serve with the 155th Infantry Division of Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Soon after the close of the war, Heisey returned to Pennsylvania to find work in the glass industry. Hired by the firm Ripley and Co. as a salesman, it was there that Heisey met his future wife, Susan.
Susan Duncan was the daughter of the controlling partner of Ripley and Co. Her father would later buy the company outright, renaming it Duncan and Sons. Over the next few years, Heisey worked closely with his father-in-law running the firm. Duncan and Sons joined the U.S. Glass Company in 1893, a combine of glass-producing factories throughout the Ohio River Valley. Named to the board of directors of Duncan and Sons, Heisey served as the company’s managing director in charge of sales. It was during this time that Heisey decided to open his own factory.
In 1895 Heisey began building his factory in Newark, OH. Construction was beset with a number of building and financial problems. The factory produced its first line of glassware in April 1896. In 1900 the company began using its famous trademark, an “H” placed in the center of a diamond. The diamond “H” logo was designed by A. H. Heisey’s son, George Duncan, who based the design on his college fraternity pin. The diamond “H” logo would remain in use until Heisey Glass Co. locked its doors for the final time on Christmas day, 1957.
The Heisey Glass Co. Heisey Rose water goblet, fan-shaped vase, and three-toed bowl on display in our special Heisey Glass Co. museum exhibit may be purchased from our Replacements, Ltd. inventory, along with a number of other pieces in the Heisey Rose pattern, including dinner plates, salad plates, wine glasses, jugs, and much more. We also have a wide selection of additional patterns available from this great American glass maker. Be sure to browse our web site. And remember that we always invite you to visit our facilities! Here you’ll find a stunning variety of silver, china, crystal, and collectibles! Our showroom and museum are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm ET, 7 days a week (except holidays); free tours are available from 10:00am to 6:00pm ET, 7 days a week. The showroom and museum are conveniently located between Greensboro and Burlington, NC, at exit 132 off Interstate 85/40. We look forward to seeing you!