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MacBeth-Evans Glass


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.mac1

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.mac2

mac3mac5MacBeth-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


Westmoreland Milk Glass

west1A current listing in the Phoenix Farm online store is this lovely pair of lattice-work milk glass Westmoreland salad or luncheon plates.  The plates measure 8.5″ in diameter.  west5The delicate lace on the rims is decorated with tiny flowers at the intersections.  The pattern is called Forget-Me-Not and was produced from the early 1900s through the 1980s.  One plate has the WG mark and was made after 1946.west7  The other plate is unmarked and may be older or younger, it is hard to tell for sure since many pieces of Westmoreland production were not marked.  Some only carried paper stickers that were easily lost over the years.

Westmoreland Glass Company began in 1889 as Westmoreland Specialty Company and was located in Grapeville, PA.  The name changed in 1923 with a change in ownership.  The factory closed in 1984.

Throughout its history Westmoreland was known for high quality glass production.  Milk glass was their most common item.  Much of the glass was hand painted, especially before the 1940s.  Beautiful examples of handpainted Westmoreland glass can command high prices.  These Forget-Me-Not plates are sometimes found with a painted central design of wild pink roses, or with the flowers picked out in a bronze color.  The paint was applied cold, a process with often unstable results.  However, of the pieces I’ve seen, the designs generally appear to wear well with minimal paint loss.west3

Here is a link to the Westmoreland Glass collector’s website, where there are photo albums of the company’s products:  http://westmorelandglassclub.org/modules/smartfaq/category.php?categoryid=1