A favorite of collectors is production by the MacBeth-Evans Glass Company of Pennsylvania. The firm started in 1899 and is most famous for a particular form of Depression glass called Monax. MacBeth-Evans merged with and was pretty much taken over by Corning Glass in 1936. By then glass factories were more automated and created pressed glass for the mass market.
MacBeth-Evans began making blown glass, particularly thin, strong chimneys for lamps and globes for street lights. They were a cutting edge company investing in research to develop the finest, toughest glass possible. By the early 1920s the company had devised Monax, an opal glass with exceptional heat resistance and strength. The glass was white, very thin, translucent and strong. It was recognized as the best in the industry. MacBeth-Evans expanded from the utilitarian lighting market to tableware, creating resilient, almost impossibly thin plates, bowls, cups and saucers for household use.
In addition to Monax, similar glass formulas with a cream or light beige coloration were developed by the firm including Ivrene, Cremax and Chinex. The bowl above is made of opal Pyrex in the Princess pattern. The glass is especially translucent around the rim at the swirls. This vintage bowl is from my online store stock.
Many patterns were developed by MacBeth-Evans and later continued by Corning. The most popular was designated as R-pattern and nicknamed American Sweetheart. The dishware is very translucent and decorated with an intricate pressed design. Other patterns included Petalware, Bordette, Dogwood and Stippled Rose.
This charger or serving plate is made of Chinex in the Classic pattern introduced in 1938. There is a pie crust-type rim with a delicate scrolled embossed decoration. The glass contains characteristic swirl marks often found in Depression opal and milk glass. This plate was recently sold in my online store.
MacBeth-Evans glassware is not marked with a company name. The dishware usually has a design of concentric rings on the foot with the words Made in USA appearing near the central rings. The Chinex plate is not marked with any words and was made after Corning took over MacBeth-Evans.
I have sold many pieces by this company in my online stores and their work, especially American Sweetheart, continues to be sought after for its great beauty and strength. The pieces I’ve selected to show today are unusual, not what is normally offered for sale.
To read more about MacBeth-Evans, check out this site: http://www.corellecorner.com/company-history/114-macbeth-evans-monax-opal-pyrex-corelle.html