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Transferware Glass (1889-1910)
Westmoreland decorated a variety of its early glass, primarily opal, using the process of "transferware." Transfers were used in lieu of hand painting, to save time and labor expense. Applied to blanks, the transfers then only needed to be colored over and a few enamel touches added to make them look hand done. Painting was done using the "cold paint" method which means that the piece was not "fired" or placed back in the kiln to permanently adhere the paint to the glass. Glass of this period and type should never be washed since the paint will be removed. Examples of this type of glass include the "Pottery Effects" or "Rookwood" glass line which Westmoreland produced in response to the increase interest in decorated pottery in the early 1900s. This decoration is commonly mistaken as Fostoria glass which also had a line of transfer ware glass. 26 Picture(s), last one added on 6/17/2016 3:28
Early Decorated Glass (1910-1940)
Westmoreland at its best. The album shows beautifully hand-decorated, cut, cased, etched and stain that was applied to glassware made by Westmoreland from the 1910s through the 1940s. 221 Picture(s), last one added on 6/17/2016 3:30
Later Decorated Glass (1941-1984)
When the Brainard family took the helm of the company it removed many of the plain lines from its sales catalogues and went to mass production of plain pattern glass. The Paneled Grape line was developed in 1946 which save the company from bankruptcy because of its enormous popularity. Hand-decorated glass took a back seat to plain milk glass. Though hand-decorated glass was not utilized as much it still was part of the company. 18 Picture(s), last one added on 6/17/2016 3:31
9 Picture(s), last one added on 6/15/2016 6:19
Roses and Bows
7 Picture(s), last one added on 3/16/2007 6:29
9 Picture(s), last one added on 7/10/2012 6:25
Ruby Floral
5 Picture(s), last one added on 3/16/2007 7:22
Beaded Bouquet
2 Picture(s), last one added on 6/30/2012 3:41
Ribbon Art Glass
1 Picture(s), last one added on 3/16/2007 6:58
Carnegie Museum Glass
In 1923, the newly-appointed Director of the Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum, Douglas Stewart, requested that glass firms who were displaying lines of glassware at the Pittsburgh trade show for glass companies, select a representative exhibit from the show to show future generations the glass that was made in 1922. Charles H. West, President of the Westmoreland Speciatly Company, was invited by officials of the Carnegie Museum to place an exhibition permanently in the museum samples of all the products of Western Pennsylvania in the plain and decorated lines of pottery, china, and glassware. The museum exhibit was to be prepared immediately for the instruction of students and the inspection by the public. The exhibit was free to the public and contained an "unusual lot of the finest work of Bohemian designers and decorators...of the Grapeville plant, of which Mr. West is the driving force." Carnegie records show two exhibits with the first exhibit comprising of the lending accession number 7058 while the second exhibit utilized the accession number 7191. These numbers, 7058 or 7191, are typically painted on the base in a larger script in black grease paint along with other numbers in smaller script. However, a few examples have been found where the subsequent owners of the piece have removed these numbers making them difficult to identify as part of the museum. Chas West contributed 49 pieces of art glass to the 7058 display; actually, 52 if each item if you count each piece separately. These separate pieces make up 34 sets to this particular 7058 exhibit. It is unknown how many pieces were contributed to the 7191 Industrial Arts exhibit which was held at Carnegie in 1924 but there appears to be at least 12 separate items though more could be found with higher accession numbers. 22 Picture(s), last one added on 6/16/2016 5:41
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