Friday, February 15, 2013

Hankies & Heisey

About the time my grandmother, Hattie Griffith,  was making lace to decorate her hankies, construction on the Heisey factory began. It was 1895, the factory later opened in April 1896. They produced fine quality pressed glass. Below is an example of one of the patterns they made called Bead Swag.  Today we call this type of glass, milk glass, but early Heisey trade catalogs referred to it as opal glass.

The opalware glass pieces were bought from Heisey and decorated by The Oriental Glass Company. They decorated the opalware with three different designs. The water pitcher and tumbler set show the cornflower decoration. The butter dish, salt and pepper shakers and toothpick are decorated with the rose pattern. The cream pitcher and spoon holder are decorated with the daisy pattern. My husband's grandparents used this table set in their old farmhouse. If you would like to see more examples of table sets and pressed glass please go to the Reuzeit Emporium store to browse other great patterns.


  1. Your opal glass pieces are so pretty! I love the dainty painted flowers are lovely.
    Thanks so much for stopping by,
    Mary Alice

  2. Just love your pretty hankies displayed on the sweet little cabinet. Your opal glass is gorgeous. What a pretty collection.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  3. Happy Country Whites Weekend! Thank you kindly for embracing your country whites and sharing the glassware and hankies at the party.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  4. So beautiful. I've never seen opal glass with that beautiful pattern. Love the farmhouse!

  5. what gorgeous opal glass. I so enjoyed learning more about their history. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  6. Beautiful opalware glass! I've never seen the pattern. And, you can't go wrong with hankies! I have a huge collection myself.
    Thanks for joining Country Whites Weekend and inspiring others! You have lots of "Country Charm". . . .

    Blessings from the Farmhouse,

  7. I am learning a lot on your blog, Linda. I love glass and have so much to learn about its makers. In West Virginia alone there were one 450+ glass factories. The learning will go on the rest of my life, I think.


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