Heisey Etched Elegant Glass at Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass Heisey Glass produced some of the most desirable elegant glass of the depression era. We were able to secure pieces of two Heisey scarce and not well-known patterns for our customers.
News-Antique.com - Feb 07,2011 - Heisey Glass was in business from 1896 to 1958 and was recognized for high quality glass and intricate, beautiful cuttings and etched patterns. During the 1930s Great Depression Heisey, like other companies, experimented with colored glass, but primary production was crystal.
Some of Heisey’s best known patterns of the 1920s and 1930s were Empress, Old Colony, Old Sandwich, and Twist. Empress and Twist are the two patterns shown on the bottom row of the composite photo. The Empress tall sherbet is yellow glass, which Heisey called Sahara. The little pink Twist nut cup is Flamingo.
Heisey Glass made many more patterns than these, including some that have slipped into obscurity. We recently secured pieces in two etched patterns, Pompeii and Dutchess, for our customers.
Heisey etched Pompeii on the Empress blank. Empress blank (which is the shape of the glass regardless of etch) is square or circular with stylized fleur de lis and extended dotted ribs. Empress is formal and works well with elaborate designs. Pompeii has two birds with long tails and necks on either side of an oval with lotus blossoms. There is an intricate border around the edge. The cup and saucer in the composite are Pompeii.
Pompeii dates to the early and is surely one of the classic designs of the 1930s. Heisey made it in crystal, which we have, and Sahara. They may have used the other Empress blank colors too, Flamingo pink or Moongleam green.
The other pattern just added is Dutchess. Heisey made Dutchess before the depression, from 1919 to 1928 and it has a wonderful etched design of a basket with flowers surrounded by swags that arc over and around the basket. Dutchess is obscure to say the least but it should not be. Dutchess is one of the prettiest basket etches and the extra swags make it special.
Heisey made Dutchess stemware is one of the Heisey’s plain blanks, line number 3320. The stems are plain, flare slightly wider at the top and go directly into the bowl. The bowl is round at the bottom, nipped in at the middle and flares at top. This simple shape is perfect backdrop to the ornate Dutchess etch.
We secured just a few pieces of these fine vintage Heisey patterns and have them offered for our customers in our store Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass.