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Jeannette Glass Company – Depression Glass to Mid-century Modern Drinking Glasses

Jeannette Glass CompanyJeannette Glass Company, which is more often than not misspelled as Jeanette Glass Company, began in the late 1880’s as Jeannette Bottle Works, located suitably in Jeannette PA. From its opening until the early 1900’s the company focused on making beautiful handcrafted wide mouth bottles, dishes, automobile headlight lenses, druggist bottles, and pickling / canning jars.

Come 1917 Jeanette expanded its operations to include prism glass, which neatly lead to creating depression kitchen pieces for which the company is still known.

Over the course of 10 years the Jeanette Glass Company created 14 Depression glass patterns that became collectible.

Depression Glass Patterns

  • Adam
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Cubist
  • Doric
  • Doric and Pansy
  • Honeycomb (also called Hex Optic)
  • Homespun
  • Iris & Herringbone
  • Poinsettia (also called Floral)
  • Sierra (also called Pinwheel)
  • Sunburst
  • Sunflower
  • Swirl
  • Windsor
  • Anniversary (40s50s60s Pattern)

All of these patterns utilized a variety of colors. Some had the rather tried-n-true pink, while others reflected Victorian greens, blues and amber tones called Marigold.

By 1930, Jeanette was rapidly becoming a household name; production was at a peak. To this day the Depression-era glass patterns that Jeannette produced are considered some of the finest examples of the period. These pieces typically retain or solidly increase in value if kept in good condition. The 1950s

Milk glass was now becoming very popular during the 1950’s, so Jeannette went to work making extraordinary pieces that would rival even Fenton. Better still, their milk glass items were not in “high” production, meaning there’s less of these items and they’re more highly sought after.

1960 – 1983

After the War the Jeannette Glass Company, like many others, experienced a slow down. In the early 1960’s Thatcher Glass purchased the firm, later changing the name to Jeannette Corporation. The Company closed its doors in 1983.

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