Dating glass backstamps

With the backing of Ira Brainard from nearby Pittsburgh, the brothers soon bought out the Ohio founders and changed the firm’s name to the Westmoreland Specialty Company.

Operation of the factory ran smoothly for nearly 30 years.

An older version of a figurine can command a much higher price than one which was made at a later date.

It's also important for authenticating a figurine as one lacking one of the following marks is quite likely to be a forgery. Hummel company, sometimes rare and undocumented variations have been known to surface.

During this period, Westmoreland produced virtually every type of glassware, from inexpensive pressed glass to pricier cut glass.

Disagreements between the two brothers eventually resulted in George leaving the company, which Charles ran on his own.

The change over from "Aurene" to "Steuben Aurene" seems to have taken place about the time Steuben was acquired by Corning Glass in 1917.

This is very important as Hummel values are determined by age as well as scarcity.

is ideal for the collector to check or verify attributions listed in online auction sales.

In the Art Deco period Demetre Chiparus created truly stunning works of art full of life movement and adoration for the female form.

This section shows most of the signatures or marks that Steuben used during the Carder era.

There is also a section that shows a selection of some of the forged Steuben signatures that are sometimes seen.