What is it and How Much is it Worth?

Previously, we ran an article about uranium glass, also known as Vaseline glass.  The article was so well-received, we decided to dig a little deeper into the collectible world of Vaseline glass. Cambridge Glass Company was one of the most popular companies to manufacture Vaseline glass in the 1900’s. In fact, the WorthPoint Worthopedia has over 7,000 listings for Cambridge Vaseline glass.  Read more about Cambridge Glass Company and take your knowledge of Vaseline glass collectibles to the next level. 

Vintage Vaseline glass samovar, manufactured by Cambridge Glass company, sold for $305 in October 2016.

History

In 1873, a group of Cambridge, Ohio, businessmen chartered the Cambridge Glass Company.  Shortly after the beginning of the 20th century, the businessmen sold their plans to the National Glass Company.  A factory was built and started producing glass in 1902.  The company produced a wide variety of heavy pressed glass tableware patterns, many of which were designed by Arthur J. Bennett.

In 1907, Arthur J. Bennett purchased and reorganized Cambridge Glass. The company grew.  In 1910, it began mining its own coal.  The company also had gas fired furnaces.   In the same year, Cambridge purchased the Byesville Glass and Lamp Company.  Cambridge’s popular Betty and Marjorie patterns, named after Bennett family members, were released shortly thereafter.

This Bashful Charlotte Vaseline Glass made by Cambridge sold for $299 in June 2013.

The Byesville plant was closed in 1917.   By the 1930s, the company had over 5,000 glass molds in inventory.  A controlled growth plan helped Cambridge survive the Depression.  In 1931, Cambridge’s “Rosepoint” etching pattern and “Nude Stems” collection lines were introduced.  Carmen, Crown Tuscan, Heatherbloom, and Royal Blue patterns followed.

Cambridge Glass began experiencing financial problems following World War II.  Cambridge Glass ceased operations in 1954.  In 1955, Sidney Albert of Akron purchased the company only to sell it a year later to Morrison Industries of Boston.  The company finally closed its doors in 1958.  Its molds were sold.  Imperial Glass purchased some.  A few wound up in private hands.  When Imperial folded in 1984, the National Cambridge Collectors Association bought many of the former Cambridge molds.  In 1989, the city of Cambridge raised the old factory.

What to Look For

Cambridge Glass collectors take three approaches: (1) pattern, (2) form, and (3) color and decoration.  Poplar patterns include Caprice and Crown Tuscan. Rosepoint is the most popular etched pattern. Other etched patterns include Apple Blossom, Chantilly, Portia, and Wildflower.   Many buyers are completing inherited sets or expanding existing sets.

Rosepoint is the most popular etched pattern. This Rosepoint hurricane lamp sold for $349.95 in July 2016.

The most popular forms are stemware followed by dinnerware serving pieces.  Some collectors focus on a single accessory such as flower frogs.

Colored examples with added direction command premium prices. This gorgeous royal blue vase sold for over $3,000 in 2008.

Colored examples with added direction command premium prices, as do stylish period design pieces.

Marks

Although five different marks are known, not every piece of Cambridge Glass was permanently marked.  Paper labels were used between 1935 and 1954.

Although five different marks are known, not every piece of Cambridge Glass was permanently marked. This particular mark was introduced in 1922.

Capital “C” in a triangle.  Introduced in 1922.

Capital “C” in triangle with broken sides.

Capital “C” in an upside down triangle.

“NEARCUT.

 “NEAR” over “CUT”.

 Paper label – Scalloped oval border, black ground, in white “GENUINE / HAND MADE / Cambridge/ MADE IN U S A.

Paper labels were used between 1935 and 1954.

 


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