Vintage Barware and Mid Century Glassware Specialists



List of Vintage Glassware & Barware Brands

                                         
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We've compiled a list of various Mid Century glassware brands (such as Culver, Cera, Georges Briard, and many others) and various vintage barware brands (such as Napier, Chase, Gorham, Wallace, and many others). Cheers!
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Anchor Hocking
Anchor Hocking started its operations in 1905 in Lancaster, Ohio. Their glassware has a distinguished hallmark of a capital H overlaying the outline of an anchor. During the Great Depression, Anchor Hocking created a revolutionary machine that raised production rates from 1 item per minute to over 30 items per minute. This allowed the company to sell tumblers "two for a nickel" and survive the depression when so many other companies vanished. Known for many popular glassware patterns including Arrows and Spires and a number of Atomic style patterns, Anchor Hocking is still creating glassware in the U.S. today.
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Bartlett Collins
Bartlett-Collins was started in 1914 in Oklahoma when Bartlett, an Oklahoma oil man, teamed up with Collins, an East Coast glass man. Together they formed Bartlett -Collins. The company was noted for its hand-pressed and blown tableware, stemware, and kitchenware and some of their most popular Mid Century glasses include the North Star pattern and their "Under The Sea" seahorses pattern.
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Cera
Cera Glass was made in Hackensack, NJ, USA, in the 1950s & 60s.  They created elegant cocktail glasses, barware and other specialty pieces, which were sold in high end department stores of the era.  Anthony Velonis, who was already a famous WPA silkscreener and artist, started the Cera Glass Company which pioneered methods of silkscreen printing on glass.  Similar to other Mid Century glassware makers, his designs were trimmed in 22K gold. 
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Couroc
The Couroc Company, known for their trays, barware, and glasswere, was founded by Guthrie Courvoisier and his wife Moira Wallace in 1948.  Prior to creating the company, Courvoisier ran the Courvoisier Galleries in San Francisco, which he inherited from his father in 1934. In 1937, when Walt Disney premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Courvoisier saw a chance to represent a unique line of art - a desire of his that would grow in scope and vision, ultimately leading to the creation of the Couroc Company. During the Mid Century era, Couroc is known for creating some of the most popular Mid Century patterns today including this owl pattern, roadrunners, and many others.
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Christofle
Christofle was founded in Paris in 1830 by the Christofle family and is still in operation today. They began producing jewelry in Paris in the late 1800s, but gained worldwide fame when Charles Christofle took over as the head of the company and began to produce luxury table service items. This maker is known for some of the most collectible barware pieces today, most notably their twisted handle bar spoon (that has a muddler finial) and their cocktail shakers. They are still in operation today.
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Culver
Culver was famous for their stunning decorative glassware in 22-karat gold – think lavish and opulent cocktailware of the 1950s and 60s. In the late 1950’s, Culver started the application of the 22-karat gold to their glassware. Fun fact: the super-heated, roll-on process of gold remains a secret today. Culver comes in a variety of patterns including gilded mushrooms, owls, cats, wildlife, Egyptian or Asian inspired design themes, holiday designs, sports motifs and many others. Culver stopped producing its gold overlay pieces in the 1980s.
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Dorothy Thorpe

Dorothy Thorpe was a mid-century American artist who designed beautiful glassware and ceramic pieces out of her Los Angeles studio. She purchased simple blank glassware, mostly crystal, from U.S. and European manufacturers and decorated them with her personal designs. She created these breathtaking designs by using a sandblasting technique. She was also known for her silver overlay, which is now her most popular and collected pattern.  While some of Thorpe’s glassware pieces are signed with a large “T” and a smaller “D”, many of her pieces found today do not carry her signature or her original logo sticker on them. Since Thorpe designed on “blanks”, the only known silver pieces that can be attributed to Thorpe are her timeless and modern, wide-band sterling overlay glass pieces. If you’re a minimalist, then Dorothy Thorpe is your go-to for fine cocktailware.
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Federal Glass Company
The Federal Glass Company, founded in Columbus, OH in 1900, started its operations making pressed glass with mold-etched patterns. The company was a leader in producing what is commonly referred to as Depression glass. By the 1920s, Federal Glass was well known for its glassware. Its hallmark is an F inside a shield. By the Mid Century, Federal Glass Co. was a popular choice for Atomic style patterns including the Inca pattern.
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Fred Press
Mid-Century designer Fred Press was known for creating  unique and stunning cocktail glassware (sold at places like New York’s Fifth Avenue and other upscale Mid Century retailers).  Real 22k gold was used in the paint.  Best known for his Gold Starburst series, his patterns are unmistakable including this gold leaf geometric pattern.
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Gay Fad
Gay Fad Studios started in Lancaster, OH in the mid 1940s. Gay Fad's founder, Fran Taylor, who worked out of her home before opening the studio, designed a variety of patterns onto "blank" glassware purchased from Anchor Hocking, Hazel Atlas and Federal Glass and others. Gay Fad Studios closed in the early 1960s but is known for some of the most popular Mid Century glassware patterns today.
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Georges Briard
Georges Briard was the go-to for decorative housewares in the 1950s and 60s and was carried at upscale retails like Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.  Briard’s success and notoriety came with the use of 22-karat gold as screened decoration for bent glassware. His design hallmarks are repetitive patterns, most often featuring geometric shapes or nature based images.  Georges Briard is known for creating some of the most stunning Mid Century Modern glassware as well as Atomic and Kitsch designs in the later 1970s and is the essence of MCM glassware excellence.
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Gorham
The Gorham Company was founded by Jabez Gorham. Gorham opened his own business as a jeweler, but the business struggled until he and his craftsmen began making coin silver spoons. Because of the spoons’ popularity, Gorham’s business flourished and became a very popular American silver company from the late 1800's into the 20th century. Attracting some of the world’s best designers and silver artisans, the company’s reputation led them to create one-of-a-kind pieces beyond silverware, including wonderful barware items such as jiggers, cocktail shakers, Julep Cups, and more whimsical items such as a "Vermouth Spike" and enameled stoplight jigger. Still in business today, Gorham is known for making unparalleled, beautifully crafted pieces.
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Hazel Atlas
The Hazel-Atlas Glass Company was a large producer of machine-molded glass containers headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was founded in 1902 in Washington, Pennsylvania. Hazel Atlas became industrious in formulating unique colors into design. One of the hallmarks of Hazel-Atlas glass after World War II is the prevalence of fired-on patterns and designs, many created by Gay Fad Decorating Company. Glasses, especially whiskey and highball tumblers, as well as cocktail shakers to match, were decorated with dancing sailors, hats, windmills, maple leaves, daisies, musical instruments, and flying geese. Their most notable design collections include pink and white polka-dots and pink elephants.
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Imperial Glass Company
The Imperial Glass Company was founded in 1901 by Edward Muhleman, with production beginning in 1904. Their handmade glasswares were sold worldwide and were typically made of pressed glass patterns. Their "Shoji" line, which was manufactured from 1965 to 1974, gilded with real 22k gold and is the quintessential style of the Hollywood Regency Era.
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Jeannette Glass Company
Jeannette Glass Co. was founded in the late 1800s and in the early 1900s became known for their Depression glass, milk glass, and high end collectible glassware. In the Mid Century, Jeanette created a huge number of glassware patterns throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s.They ceased production and closed their factory in 1983.
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Libbey
The Libbey Glass Company has been manufacturing glassware since the 20th Century and is still producing high quality glassware today. Certain vintage Libbey glassware pieces (but not all of them, depending on the size and type of piece) is signed with a cursive “L” within a circle or ring.  The mark actually appears backwards if viewed from outside of the glass, but it appears correctly when looking down through the inside. The Libbey Kit Kat Cool Cat glasses remains one of their most sought after patterns.
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Napier Barware
The Napier Company was named after its president, James H. Napier, who led the company from 1920 to 1960. But the company's history can be tracked back to 1875 when it was founded as Whitney and Rice in Attleboro, Mass., manufacturing silver products. The firm changed hands and name in 1882 and became Carpenter and Bliss and shortly thereafter, E.A. Bliss and Co., Inc. After rapid expansion in the late 1880s the company moved to Meriden, CT in 1890. After WWI, the firm shifted emphasis from silver products to production of modern jewelry. James Napier became president in 1920 and the company adopted the name Napier - Bliss Co. In 1922, the name was changed to Napier Company.  Like many jewelry companies Napier got into lines of art objects and other utilitarian objects like serving utensils and barware and is considered one of the pinnacles for vintage silver and silver-plated pieces.
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Pasinski
Washington Pasinski, a popular Mid-Century cocktail glassware designer, was known for their filigree/textured patterns. Similar to Culver and other MCM glassware makers, Pasinski used real 22k gold in their paint/patterns. Some of his most notable patterns include "The Silent Woman" and "Kashmir" patterns.
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Reed & Barton
Established in 1824 Reed & Barton Corporation is one of the oldest silversmiths in the United States. Known for their silver and silver-plated mastery throughout each era, the Reed & Barton Silversmiths division continues to produce a wide range of upper end items today including flatware, serveware, and barware. Their most popular an sought-after barware pieces include their figural silver-plated jiggers and their twisted handle bar spoons that have figural motifs (including a rooster, Leprechaun, Santa Clause, and a pineapple).
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Russel Wright
Mid-Century cocktail glassware designer Russel Wright created some of the most popular glassware patterns today, most notably the "Eclipse" pattern (that features vibrant polka dots with gold overlaid polka dots) and the "Asrterick" pattern (a retro Atomic pattern that resembles an asterick symbol). He teamed up with Oklahoma based Bartlett-Collins in the late 1950s to create these two patterns and they still remain wildly popular today.
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West Virginia Glass Company
West Virginia Glass Specialty Company (WVGS) was based in Weston, West Virginia and created some of the most stunning glassware from 1929-1987 and was especially well-known for their hand-blown glass. In the 1950s and 60s, WVGS created a number of heavily embossed and/or Hollywood Regency style patterns that, similar to Culver, contained real 22k gold in the paint.