Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Glass in WV event - Sat April 6th

Wellsburg 200th anniversary of Glass in WV event info -
Sat April 6th
The year was 1813 and glass began being produced in Wellsburg (then
Charlestown, Va.). This year marks the 200th anniversary of that important
and the birth of an industry that helped define West Virginia in intervening
two centuries.
Isaac Taylor Duval and Company began production in Wellsburg at a site near
the more recent Brooke/Crescent site and made a high grade of cut glass
tableware. The firm was sold in 1838. The Museum of American Glass in West
Virginia, located in Weston, is partnering with a number of institutions
across West Virginia to celebrate this historic benchmark. The year long
celebration of the birth of glass making in the Mountain State begins April
6th at the Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center at 704 Charles
Street, Wellsburg.  The museum has a room devoted to glass made in the
Wellsburg community.
Mr. George Leonard, the great, great, great grandson of Isaac T. Duval was
kind enough to loan us several pieces of Duval glass that are a part of his
collection, along with other family memorabilia which shall be on display,"
said Ruby Greathouse, curator of the Brooke County organization. This offers
an uncommon opportunity for students of West Virginia glass to see examples
of the early ware that descended in the family and have a strong provenance
of Duval manufacture.  Dozens of other Wellsburg glass products from many of
the 39 city glass producers are on display as well.
Representatives from the Museum of American Glass will be on hand to address
questions about glass history, identification and offer information noted
Dean Six, executive director of the glass museum.
The Brooke County Open House and related programming will begin at
10:00 am on Saturday April 6 and include refreshments, a program and an
opportunity to chat about the cities and states rich glass heritage.
Admission is free.
questions may be directed to the Museum at 304. 737. 4060.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent bit of information.
WIsh it had been published earlier.
Thank you