Westmoreland Glass Company
The Westmoreland Glass Company was founded in 1889 when a group of men from the Specialty Glass Company in East Liverpool, Ohio, migrated to Grapeville, Pennsylvania. Brothers George and Charles West ran the company which was located on property with a large source of natural gas. Its main production was pressed glass tableware lines, mustard jars, and candy containers.
In 1921, George West left the company and Charles West became president, changing the company's name from the Westmoreland Specialty Company to Westmoreland Glass Company. In the 1920s and 1930s, Charles West created a large decorating department at Westmoreland. Westmoreland began to produce high quality hand-decorated and cut glass.
In 1937, the company changed hands from the West family to the hands of the Brainards. In the 1940s, the Brainards phased out the high quality hand-decorated glass and began to mass-produce milk glass.
In 1980, the Brainards sold the company to St. Louis, Missouri businessman David Grossman who had no prior experience with Westmoreland. As a result, the company went out of business in 1984 and was sold for $75,000 to George Synder who converted the property into a storage facility.
Westmoreland Collector Clubs/Groups
- "Westmoreland Glass". The Glass Cottage.
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