Indiana Glass

With much appreciation to Craig Schenning, author of the newly published reference work on Indiana Glass:
A Century of Indiana Glass
A Schiffer publication. If you'd like a signed copy you can order HERE where the price is
$24.99 + $4.99 for shipping.
Or you can order it directly through the publisher HERE, or any online bookstore.
And an additional Tip of the Hat to
Marg Iwen for her contributions to our site.

    First a little History Lesson from Marg:  Many glass companies started up in north central Indiana when much natural gas was found under the Trenton Limestone formation. Of course, that meant cheap or free, clean-burning fuel. And to get up some industrial development, land was often given free as well. Long story short--the gas was wasted by burn off, and was also piped to many outlying cities, including Chicago, which helped to deplete the supply very quickly. Some of the companies folded, some went to other fuels like coal, and some made producer gas from coal.

     The glassware known in the EAPG world as "Indiana Glass" or "Jenkins Glass" or  "Lee Glass" (in the South because it was given away in the Lee Mfg. Co. premium books), enjoys a large following of Twenty-First Century collectors. 

      It also has been for many years a confusing conglomerate of mis-information due mainly to a lack of, well, good information about the factories variously called "Indiana".  Until now, the best book available on the subject has been Marcelle Bond's, THE BEAUTY OF ALBANY GLASSValuable sections of her out-of-print book, from a latter day collectors viewpoint, are the many catalog reprints she published which give us a true picture of at least a portion of the forms made in various patterns.  Published in 1972 it covers:
--- Albany glass (which was originally the Model Flint Glass Co. of Findlay, OH);
--- D. C. Jenkins Glass Co. (formerly the Kokomo Glass Mfg. Co. in Kokomo, IN)
--- Indiana Glass, Dunkirk
     A couple of other factories that cause confusion here:
---Indiana Tumbler & Goblet Co. in Greentown, IN - founded by the Jenkins family in 1893; incorporated as Greentown Glass Works in 1894
(now simply known as "Greentown"). Click HERE for a page on this factory.
---Indiana Glass Co. in Indiana, PA in 1892 was purchased by Harry Northwood in 1896, joined the National Glass Co. combine in 1899 and became the Dugan Glass Co. in 1904.

Now that we've sorted out the other glass
factories with Indiana in their name:

We will now concentrate on INDIANA GLASS, Dunkirk.


1897   Robert James Beatty, George Beatty and George Brady purchased the railroad property in Dunkirk, IN and Beatty-Brady Glass Co. was formally incorporated in October.

1898   The factory went in to operation in January.

1899   Business and factory in Dunkirk were purchased by the National Glass Company and combined with eighteen other glass companies in November.
    The business operated as Factory #1 (Beatty-Brady Glass Works) of the National Glass Company until 1904.

1904 Business began unofficially operating as the Indiana Glass Company under the direction of Frank W. Merry.

1907   The National Glass Company was formally placed into receivership in November.
    Indiana Glass would formally announce their independence from the National Glass Company and their intentions to continue operations in Dunkirk under the name of the Indiana Glass Company in December.

1908  Indiana Glass formally purchased all the National Glass properties located in Dunkirk in November.

From this point on and into the Great Depression, Indiana introduced new lines of pressed glass patterns on a yearly basis, usually several new lines each year. The business was profitable and continued a slow steady growth. From 1898 to 1929, Indiana produced over 120 pressed glass patterns, many of which are of interest to collectors today. Most of the patterns that were produced were original to Indiana; however, Indiana Glass did continue to produce many patterns from the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company, which burned in June 1903.

Here are patterns made by Indiana Glass at Dunkirk, IN:
We have pieces of many of these patterns in stock for sale at PatternGlass.com.
EMAIL if you are looking for a particular piece or pattern.


Whirled Sunburst in Circle Pattern #115 Austrian (#200) Some forms of this pattern only. Beacon Light (1903) Bright Star aka Bethlehem Star aka Starburst
(#152) c. 1913

Bird and Strawberry (#157) 1916 Bosc Pear (#150) c. 1913 Cord Drapery (#350) Some forms of this pattern only. Creole (#168) c. 1925
Daisy and Button w/Narcissus
(#124) c. 1910
Double Pinwheel aka Juno c. 1905 Ferris Wheel aka Prosperity (1909) Eclipse aka Flower Medallion (#158) c. 1916
Gaelic (#168) c. 1908 Garden Pink (#167) c. 1925 Gothic Windows aka Silver Band (#166) (1924) Horsemint (#156) (1915)
Oval Star (#300) A set of toy dishes. Indiana Silver (#151) 1913 Mikado aka Jeweled Butterflies aka Late Butterfly aka (1907) Late Paneled Grape aka Darling Grape (#154) c. 1913

Loop and Jewel aka Venus aka Jewel & Festoon 1904

 

Narcissus Spray aka Bouquet aka Winner Asstmt.
(#162) c. 1918

Nogi aka Amulet aka Pendant
(1906)

Okay (1907)
Paneled Daisy and Finecut (#123) 1909 Paneled Heather (#126)
1912
Paneled Strawberry aka Strawberry w/ Roman Key Band (#127) c. 1912 Rayed Flower (#161) 1917
Rose Point Band aka Clematis aka Water Lily (#153) c. 1913 Rosette with Pinwheels (#171) (1926) Shooting Star (#119) 1905 Shrine (1903)
   
Gridley pitcher (1899) Pattern #106, Spiraled Triangle (1899) Star Band aka Bosworth aka New Wonder #160 1917 Stippled Sandbur (1902)
     
Success 1910 Togo aka Twin Feathers aka Nebraska aka Bismarc Star (1906) Whirled Sunburst in Circle (#115) 1905 Whirling Sunburst Pattern #101 (1898)

       
Quadruped Pattern #125, (1910) Dewey pitcher (1898) Frosted Fruit Pattern #105, (1899) Diamonds with Double Fans Pattern #110, (1903)

       
Whirling Pinwheel Pattern #117, (1905) Sunburst and Diamonds Pattern #118, (1905)
  Nursery Rhymes (1908)
       
Banded Hobstar Pattern #122, (1909)      

Many pieces of these patterns are available for sale at PatternGlass.com.
To email for pattern requests, click HERE.

For an article about the Lee Mfg. Co. who gave these
patterns as premiums with purchases, go HERE.