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What is a common misnomer or misconception about Westmoreland Glass?

The most common misconception or misnomer among dealers and collectors in the past about Westmoreland Glass is that it was a "milk glass" company and not much more.  Westmoreland did produce a superior milk glass product throughout its history, especially during the Brainard years from 1937 to 1980. But Westmoreland was much more than a milk glass company. Westmoreland had wonderful decorators and engravers that hand-painted and cut glass.  Westmoreland actively recruited decorators from Italy and Bohemia whom migrated to the United States and worked for Westmoreland. The high point for Westmoreland for hand-work decoration was the 1920s when former co-founder and President of Westmoreland, George R. West, bragged to a trade magazine that Westmoreland had the largest decorating department in the country. Westmoreland had in its factory the genius of master engraver, Joseph Racinger, and the designer Ruben Haley, both of whom eventually left Westmoreland and established their own personal identities and following in the glass world. Louise Piper began her career hand-painting glass at Westmoreland and eventually had a wonderful career at the Fenton Glass Company. Head Decorator Ernie Brown learned from the former head decorator Fred Otte who in turned learned from former Head Decorator Frank Yager.  Ernie went on to create collectible decorations including Roses and Bows, Ruby Floral, and Beaded Boquet to name a few.  Other noted decorators include Don Green, Cindy Peltier, Chuck Steeley, and Noreen Laughner, just to name a few.