We have several pieces of Heisey Glass from my family. We are wondering if there is still a market for the glassware today. All of what we have is clear with no damage. Thanks for any information you could share with us.
Hal & Laura from Manchester
Dear Hal and Laura,
There is always a market for everything these days, it’s just that you have to find the right one. The story of Heisey Glass is a very interesting one. You can look on the internet or pick up a book at a local bookstore.
To make it brief, Heisey (out of Newark, Ohio) has been around since the late 1800s and made until the factory closed in 1957. It was considered a high-quality glass. They made not only dishware but other items as well, in an array of colors and patterns that today can be found in most older homes. Most are easily identifiable by the H in a triangle on each piece.
The market value is for the oddities though. Rare colors and patterns in certain pieces can still bring a lot. The more common and mass-produced patterns are not as desirable. Condition is the key; collectors will want the pieces free from scratches or damage.
With all that said, I think having someone look at your pieces directly would be your next step. To identify the patterns and quality for an approximate value in today’s market, I would be guessing without seeing all the pieces. As I said, you could get a book identifying Heisey Glass. It would show patterns and colors and also has a general price guide.
Good luck on your hunt for more information.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at email@example.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).