Update to……….Heisey Rose Etched Water Goblets



I sold these goblets (below) quite awhile ago and haven’t really thought about buying any other pieces with the Rose etch.  However, I came across this piece – the jam/jelly –  in Florida and thought that the etch was nicely showcased.

I believe that the line is Waverly.


May 19, 2012

Isn’t this a thing of beauty?  This is Heisey’s Rose.  Of particular interest is the stem with it’s rose knob thing.  I am sure there is an official technical term for it.  This is a very sturdy stem.  Striking.  I bought four online recently.  I like them, but don’t know if I would buy any other pieces.  Here’s what replacements.com has to say about the etch……

“One of the most popular patterns Heisey Glass Co. ever produced, Heisey Rose was manufactured between 1949 and 1957, when the company closed.  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.”

Cambridge Glass Five Part Relish Dish with the Diane Etch


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It’s been quite awhile since I have added to this blog.  Not for a lack of buying new (old) thing, just that there is always so much going on that seems to take priority.

My husband and I went to Florida last month as I had to carry purchases back on the plane.  I didn’t buy much, but did pick up this pretty piece.

I don’t think that the glass relishes are in favour with folks, but they are so lovely.  Cambridge did make some gorgeous pieces.

Heisey Cobalt Spanish Goblet – Line #3404

I have always wanted to own one of these goblets but generally the prices are too steep.  Came across a pair on ebay at a price I could live with.

I have long wondered why they always seem to be so expensive.  When I was travelling in the U.S. in July I visited the lovely Margaret Lane Antiques shop in New Concord, Ohio.

The owner, Lynn Welker, is a very knowledgeable dealer.  He specializes in Cambridge Glass but had quite a number of Heisey pieces as well as others from other companies.

I asked him why these stems seem so costly.  After all they are fairly plain.  His response was the colour.  I gather Heisey didn’t make alot of pieces in the cobalt and people like this colour.  He also told me that Heisey make few coloured pieces with cuttings and that those pieces tend to be costly when found.

The stems are larger than I had expected and they do make a statement.  I have a cabinet in my living room and most pieces are in colour.  Almost everyone sees and comments on the cobalt stems first.  The rest are various shades of pink, amber, yellow, and Heisey’s Zircon.  The cobalt just pops!