A Basic Guide For Collectors Of Vintage Kitchen Glassware
Many collectors of vintage kitchen-wares enjoy collecting glass tumblers which is the name used by glass companies beginning in the 1920s-1930s. If you go back to the company catalogs of the major glass producers you will note that the term "Decorative Tumblers" is used to describe glassware of a variety of sizes and uses.
Who Were The Major Glass Companies That Made Decorative Tumblers?
Anchor Hocking Corp.
Federal Glass Co.
West Virginia Glass Specialty Co.
Glass Companies Began Adding Designs To Glass By Hand
Most companies began decorating tumblers in the 1920s-1930 adding designs "by hand". If you can picture this, each band, flower, fruit or pattern painted on a glass was carefully done one at a time by a team of craftswomen. Some companies might have 100 women employed painting on glassware.
Products Categories (Any Names) Listed Kitchen Glassware Catalogs
When you look through old glassware company catalogs you will find that each company used a different term for the same items. For example, one company might refer to a pitcher and glasses
as a "Refreshment Set", while another company might use the term "Ice Tea Set" . Here is a list of
terms used by glassware companies during the 1930s-1960s.
Decorated Cocktail Tumblers
After Five Sets
Ice Tea Sets
Coordinated Glass Products Made By Glassware Companies
Most companies in addition to making decorated glass tumblers of all sizes and purposes (cocktails, juice, dinner etc) also made coordinated patterned jugs or pitchers, utility jars or provision jars, cookie jars, cocktail shakers, ice tubs or buckets, decanters, juice reamers, refrigerator jars etc.
From Hand Painted Beverage Glassware To Mass Produced
Companies like Bartlett-Collins continued to decorate glasses by hand for generations, even when machinery took over for many other companies. In the middle of the 1930s, there was a tremendous increase in tumblers, sparked by the develop of machines and the introduction of Swanky Swigs.
1933 Swanky Swigs : Kraft Cheese Premium
"Swankswigs" a name Kraft Cheese would give to the reusable tumblers of their cheese spread product. . Many companies copied and competed with Hazel Atlas, the first company that made "Swankyswigs". Glasses were first decorated by hand and than using other techniques including "Rotary" (turning a glass on a turret) , "Rubber Stamp" (rubber stencil dipped in glue) , "Squegee'" (stencil and screen) and later Silk screening.
Vintage Peanut Butter Glasses By Boscul Peanut Butter Company
Another popular premium which is highly collected are Peanut Butter glasses which contained Boscul Peanut Butter and was distributed by The William Scull Company. A terrific reference guide on this topic is written by Barbara E Mauzy, "Peanut Butter Glasses (Schiffer).
Many Glass Companies Made The Same Pattern Of Decorated Tumblers
When you start paying attention to vintage beverage glasses you will find that many companies made similar looking glasses. Common patterns might be bands, flowers, dots, spirals, Nautical, Scottie dogs, lattice, playing card symbols, diamonds, checkerboard, birds, leaves, abstracts etc.
Common Marks On Vintage Glass Tumblers And Beverage Glasses
To differentiate different glass makers, you look at the markings on the glass, the shape and the style. Hazel Atlas has the letter "A" inside the letter "H". Libbey glass is marked with a circle around the letter "L", Federal Glass has the letter "F' in a shield and some Anchor Hocking is marked with the letter "H" over an anchor.
Yellow glasses shown are Swankyswigs, 1950s, Federal Glass Company. Photo Courtesy of Retro Revival.
Juice decanter/bottle 1950s, unmarked. Photo Courtesy of Retro Revival.
Blue Morning Glory glass (top) , 1950s, Boscul Peanut Butter premium glass. Photo Courtesy of Retro Revival.
Yellow and aqua beverage set courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjcmnspencer/3204253689/
Scottie Glass photo courtesy of http://www.retro-redheads.com/index.php?p=home
Rooster glasses photo courtesy of http://www.retro-redheads.com/index.php?p=home
Violet Swanky Swig glasses photo of http://www.retro-redheads.com/index.php?p=home
Boxed set of glasses http://www.retro-redheads.com/index.php?p=home
Utility Jars (Provision Jars) photo of http://www.flickr.com
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at email@example.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists