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Culver Glass Company – Lavish and Oppulant Cocktailware of the 1950s – 1960s

Culver Plaid Highball 04Culver Ltd was a glass company famous for their stunning decorative glassware in 22-karat gold.

Culver Ltd was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1939 by Irving Rothenberg.  Culver Glass features real 22-karat gold decoration used effusively and magnificently especially from the late 1950′s on through the 1960′s.  The company gained notoriety and its products became highly collectible and only sold at high-end department stores.   In 1980, the company moved to downtown Rahway, New Jersey.   Irving Rothenberg passed away in 1987 and his son, Mark ‘Mickey’ Rothenberg, continued the Culver Glass Company.  Mickey ran the company until he sold Culver Ltd.  in 1996 to Moderne Glass Company, Inc.   Mickey Rothenberg continued in the glass manufacturing business by running another glass company until his death on 9/11.   He was one of the passengers on the hijacked Newark-to-San-Francisco flight that crashed in Pennsylvania.

The company’s early production line featured acid etch, decalcomania, sandblasted, hand-painted, banded, sand-cut monogramming and silk screen.  In the late 1950′s, Culver Ltd started the application of the 22-karat gold to their glassware.   The super-heated, roll-on process of gold remains a secret today.  By the 1980′s, Culver stopped making its own glass and began using glassware ‘blanks’ produced by other companies.

The patterns of Culver are extensive from gilded mushrooms, owls, cats, wildlife, Egyptian or Asian inspired design themes, scrolling leaf patterns, holiday designs, sports motifs and many others.   The gilded Moroccan-style trellis and raised emerald-green diamonds of the ‘Valencia‘ pattern become their most popular pattern in cocktailware.  Some other collectible patterns are the following:

Prado: Green and gold squares

Antiqua: low-set, simple crackled-gold band with a single row of oval cut-outs

Seville: Like the ‘Valencia’ pattern, but with aqua-blue diamonds and considered very rare

Pisa: Crackled gold with three rows of oval cut-outs

Paisley: The red reverse and gold swirly paisley pattern

Culver glass from the 1940′s through the ’50s are signed with a script Culver.  The Culver mark changed to block lettering in the late 1960′s through the 1970′s.  Culver glass after the 1970s are typically unmarked today because the company changed to paper labels attached to the glass.  Many of these labels have disappeared from use.

Culver cocktailware is highly collectible and remains popular today.  Classy Concoctions have several Culver cocktail sets to embellish your next Cocktail Hour.  Click below to view the different Culver Glass Collections.

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28 comments on “Culver Glass Company – Lavish and Oppulant Cocktailware of the 1950s – 1960s

  1. Mary
    May 9, 2013

    I have a late 1950s set with numerous seashells in different types on each glass. I am unable to find this pattern anywhere. The glasses are marked Culver Ltd in cursive and all the application is in gold. I’m guessing this is a rate pattern since I have been unsuccessful in finding any other Culver products with this pattern. Any answers for me?

  2. Dianne Cameron
    July 6, 2013

    I have a martini pitcher, 6- 8oz glasses and an ice bowl with opened cotton boll on them. I have had no luck in finding this particular pattern.
    All items are marked in cursive Culver, Ltd and in gold. Can any one help me find this pattern or have any answers?

  3. Dianne Cameron
    July 10, 2013

    Did not see this pattern. Is there a way for me to send you a photo of the glassware? Thanks.

  4. Donna Flaherty
    July 22, 2013

    I came across 2 unopened boxes of Culver glasses marked “Arabesque White” 755-024 set of 4 D.O.F glasses, 4 oz. They are marked with “Culver” directly on the glasses and also have the foil removable label stating they are 22 Karat gold. Any idea of the manufacture date of these? I have no luck with the pattern info online.

    • Norps
      July 22, 2013

      Here is a little tip for figuring out dates of Culver glassware.
      Glasses feature a gold script lettering Culver are from the 1940′s to the early/mid 1960′s.
      Glasses featuring Culver in good block lettering were made during the late 1960′s through the late 1970′s.
      Gold foil stickers were used during the mid to late 1970′s. many of Culver glasses today are unmarked because the foil stickers have been lost. I would assume that your set is from the 1970′s era by the gold foil sticker.
      Hope this helps.
      Cheers,
      Classy Concoctions

      • Tami
        October 30, 2013

        I received a set of 8 tall glasses that I cannot locate the pattern on any of the websites. Any idea on who I can contact to get some information on what style they are?

      • Norps
        October 30, 2013

        You send a picture to classyconcoctions@comcast.net and we could know the pattern. If not, replacements.com has some useful information.
        Cheers,
        Michael

  5. Mike Arganetto
    August 17, 2013

    I have 8 of a pattern I can’t fine anywhere but this one website. Can anyone tell me the pattern name or how much their worth? They have the signature on them. Any help is appreciated! Thanks! http://www.replacements.com/webquote/CUVAZT.htm

  6. towncrier55
    September 7, 2013

    I have a Bar Set of stacked frosted glass bowls (small) that are for ‘Olives’, ‘Cherries’ and, ‘Onions’. The lettering for these are in the 22k gold with the Culver LTD in the fancy lacy type surrounding of the words. What can anyone tell me about this set. There is a lid that has a 22k gold glass knob shape for the lid.

  7. Missy Russell
    September 16, 2013

    I have a set of Orange w/ gold pattern Culver glasses. They are in a “carrier”. I can’t find any information on them. Nor can I find anything in this color. Are these rare?

  8. Annabelle Steiner
    September 20, 2013

    My father was working in that company and when Culver moved, the boss sold him some things with that brand….I dont know about prices, but How much could cost a plate for example???…I have no Idea…

    • Bonnie Worthman Goodman
      January 22, 2014

      What did you do there? My father was the designer for years and years. Was your father in the Coney Island plant? There were 3 locations in all. Coney Island, Dean Street and Rahway, NJ.
      Bonnie Worthman Goodman

      • Bonnie Worthman Goodman
        January 22, 2014

        To Annabelle Steiner I meant what did HE do there?

        Bonnie Worthman Goodman

  9. Bonnie Goodman
    October 1, 2013

    Please contact me. My father, Moses Worthman was the designer of most of Culver’s glassware.

    • Norps
      October 1, 2013

      How interesting! I would love to learn more about his craft at Culver. Thank you for reaching out.

      • Bonnie Worthman Goodman
        January 22, 2014

        Sorry this took so long. Life interferes. I am trying to get his name and reputation out there. There seems to be a very solid interest in Culver Glassware, and Culver Glassware would never have been the success that it was without my father, who was a designer par excellence.

    • Dee
      October 26, 2013

      Stumbled on 2 Culver glasses, elegant! Will the gold ever fade?

      • Norps
        October 26, 2013

        Culver usually used 22 karat gold on the glassware. It should not fade, but will disappear in time if washed in the dishwasher or using harsh household detergents (windex). Always hand wash your vintage glassware with a mild dish soap like ivory or meyer’s organic dish soap.
        Thank you for checking out my blog.
        Cheers.

    • Lucy
      January 4, 2014

      Do you have a email that I could contact you through. I have something and was wondering if I sent you a pic of it. if you could tell me more about it.

  10. Jack M
    November 6, 2013

    Have a set of Cincinnati Zoo glasses with Culver sticker. Guess they would date from the 1970s. Anyone have any other info on these? Can’t find any other examples online.

  11. Ralph Galati
    November 12, 2013

    I Use To Fix The Typewriters & Adding Machine’s For Them- I Use To Deal With Phillis

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    Ralph Galati Jr

    • Bonnie Worthman Goodman
      January 22, 2014

      As my father, Moss Worth, was Culver’s glassware designer (A fact that is left out of all the articles) I knew Phyllis very well and liked her a lot.

  12. Ann Eshabarr
    November 24, 2013

    I have a vintage fleur de lis bowl. (Circa 1970′s) Along with the gold there’s white which I think is paint. It gives it a frosted look. So maybe its frosted? I don’t know. I do know it needs cleaning and was wondering if any experts might be able to help me. I’ve used dish soap and water and am afraid to try anything else. Help!! Thanks

  13. Lisa
    December 10, 2013

    I have a cocktail set of 6 glasses and ice bucket with the 22 karat gold fruit motif that has Culver’s signature in script lettering. They are oretty much in mint condition. I’m trying to find out the name of the pattern and the value.

  14. erika
    March 5, 2014

    I have a set of 4 rocks glasses with little cats amd 22k gold all over I was wonderimg what they are worth.

  15. Donna Marcum
    April 9, 2014

    Hello. I have been trying to ID a set of Culver ltd. glasses that I have. I can find nothing on them. Pattern name, date made, value? They are blue and silver tumblers. Any info. Anyone can provide would be much appreciated! Bonnie Worthman Goodman, your father was a true artist! I hope one day he will get the recognition he deserves. Donna Marcum

  16. Lauren
    April 22, 2014

    Hi, I just found a bunch of lowballs with the signature. I had been wanting them but I don’t know the actual pattern name. They have cotton bolls on them and are gold and white and brown.

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