Glass by Heisey is famous Antiques: The factory opened in Ohio in 1896 and remained in business until 1957.

September 08, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

A. H. Heisey & Co., the famous American glassworks, opened in Newark, Ohio, in 1896.

August Henry Heisey served in the Union Army during the Civil War and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. When he returned home, he married the daughter of George Duncan, a glassmaker, and joined the family business.

Their tablewares included some famous pressed-glass patterns such as Shell and Tassel. The Duncan company became part of the U.S. Glass Co. in 1891.

Heisey left U.S. Glass and started mining in Colorado, but by 1896 he returned to the glass industry. The first Heisey glass was made in Newark, Ohio, in April 1896. The company remained in business until 1957.

Some of the company's molds were purchased by the Imperial Glass Co. of Bellaire, Ohio, and some of the old patterns were made until Imperial closed in 1984. In 1968, Imperial stopped using the old Heisey trademark of an H inside a diamond.

Heisey made ruby, custard and other colored glassware; pressed glass; etched glass; and some oddities, including a glass mailbox.

Collectors prize complete tableware sets and the famous Heisey glass animal figurines.

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I recently bought a white enameled Hoosier-type cabinet and would like to know more about it. On the back is "Sellers Pride No. 629."

The G. I. Sellers & Sons Co. was the second-largest manufacturer of Hoosier-style cabinets. It was founded in 1888 in Kokomo, Ind. The company moved to Elwood, Ind., after a 1905 fire destroyed the original factory.

All Sellers cabinets had oak finishes until 1914. That year the company introduced white enameled cabinets, also made of oak.

When built-in cabinets became popular in the 1930s, Sellers began to manufacture them. The company went out of business in 1950.

At a flea market I found a metal letter opener shaped like a nude woman. On the blade it says, "Naples 1945." I paid $10 for it. Was I ripped off?

Your 51-year-old souvenir of Naples, Italy, is worth about $25 to letter-opener collectors.

The bottom of my old pewter bowl is marked in capital letters: "Revere Pewter." Could it possibly be Paul Revere?

Occasionally a piece of silver made by Paul Revere is found, but several companies marked their wares with Revere's name.

The Benedict Manufacturing Co. of East Syracuse, N.Y., used the "Revere Pewter" mark about 1930. The Dowd-Rogers Co. of Wallingford, Conn., marked its pewter "Paul Revere Solid Pewter" from 1914 to 1937. Another unidentified company of that era marked its wares "Paul Revere Genuine Pewter."

nTC The Kovels welcome letters and answer as many as possible through the column. Write to Kovels, The Baltimore Sun, King Features Syndicate Inc., 235 E. 45th St., New York, N.Y. 10017.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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