Goblet with "Nasreen" pattern decoration


Morgantown Glass Works ( American, 1899 - 1937 )

c. 1930
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General Description

The etched decoration of this goblet is characteristic of glass created by American stemware producers in the very late 1920s and early 1930s. The decorative motifs ranged from stylized foliage, to geometric art deco designs (as seen here) to tropical figural scenes. The name of the shape of this goblet is undetermined, however, the color is named "14K Topaz" with a "Crystal" color foot that is very similar. In "A Handbook of Old Morgantown Glass," Jerry Gallagher states that, "14K Topaz is a distinctive shade of pale yellow, with golden-umber tones in the thicker portions of the glass... Morgantown `topaz' cannot be confused with the 'yellows' produced by other companies of that era." According to Joseph Haden, a seasoned glass man who was responsible for developing many of Morgantown Glass's innovative glass colors of the 20s and 30s, said that "14K Topaz" was produced from "brown sugar and oats in the batch of glass."

Drawn from

  • Charles L. Venable, Ellen P. Denker, Katherine C. Grier, Stephen G. Harrison, China and Glass in America, 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 437, cat. 77.

  • Jerry Gallagher, A Handbook of Old Morgantown Glass, volume 1: A Guide to Identification and Shape, 89; color plate II, fig. 5.