The History of Ohio Flint, Jefferson, Millersburg, Cambridge Glass Companies

In 1907, the Ohio Flint Glass Company advertised two types of pattern glass called “Gloria” and “Kenneth.” Today, collectors, especially carnival glass ones, know these patterns as “Honeycomb and Hobstar” and “Venetian.”

A year later, Jefferson bought the “Krys-toi” line from Ohio Flint, and when a reorganization through new management happened at the Jefferson Company, these moulds, along with another from Ohio Flint called their “Colonial” (Mlllersburg’s Wide Panel or Flute with clover-leaf base) were sold to John Fenton when he opened the Millerburg plant in 1909. Millersburg continued to use these moulds in crystal production (many with the “Krys-toi” or “Cryst-al” mark still evident) and put a few into their iridized glass line. These included the giant vase or rose bowl shape in Venetian as well as a few pieces of the table set. The Honeycomb and Hobstar in a vase. The Flute compotes were merged with new interior plungers to become the Acorn, Wildflower, and Peacock and Urn patterns.

When the Millersburg plant (then known as Radium Glass Company) closed its doors In 1913, the factory was purchased by Jefferson Glass. The Venetian giant glass vase mould was sold to the Cambridge Glass Company and other moulds that included the Flute, Ohio Star, and Hobstar aud Feather were then transferred to the Jefferson Glass Company Limited, of Toronto, Canada, and appeared In Canadian glass ads in 1915— 1916.

The point of this small clip of glass history is to show the reader just how hard it is to place patterns with a particular factory. Indeed, glass moulds were bought and sold regularly, factories were sold or merged, and combines of companies were formed. It is only with many hours of research and long persistence can we begin to peel away the mysteries and myths of glass making. It is also the joy of our lives to discover another link in the chain of knowledge and share it with the reader. I’ve spent more than two decades researching the above paragraphs and their conclusions, but I’ve never really minded the task.

Thank you to Bill Edwards.

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