Answered By: Beth Hylen Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017 Views: 224
We have a trade catalog and price list for Beacon Glass:
Beacon Glass Company, New York, NY, USA. Beacon Glass price list, May 1, 1947. New York, N.Y. : Beacon Glass Company, 1947. 1 leaf.
Trade catalog. Caption title. Price list for "Jeweltone", "Star Bright", and "Royal Ruby" patterned glass. Please request permission to copy. Please submit a written request for access to original. [not yet microfilmed]. [This is a typewritten, mimeographed list]
Our trade catalog/brochure consists of one folded leaf (making a four page brochure), in color and a single b/w sheet. The colored pieces are in "ruby, emerald, aquamarine blue." The pieces include thumbprint, crackled, or optic patterns in vases, tumblers, pitchers, rosebowls and more. Many of the vases have fluted edges. The single sheet introduces "Star Bright" crystal crackled glass in many of the same shapes. This sheet includes an address: "Beacon Glass Company, Inc. 71 west 23rd Street, New York 10, N.Y." plus 8 addresses [representatives] in NY, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, etc.
The brochure was in the J. Stanley Brothers file and he notes he received it Spring 1947. He also notes "designs by Gordon Colman Associates). Our cataloger's note says she dated the catalog from an advertisement in a Dec. 1946 trade journal.
There is a second copy of the brochure in the Brothers folder - his penciled note dates it: July 1945. The objects are identical to those described above, except they are colored with purple, blue and green; described as "Every Beacon Number Made in Three Colors - Amethyst, Aquamarine Blue, Tropical Green."
Please let me know if you would like copies of these two brochures.
The date of the 1945 brochure seems to coincide with other advertisements in JSB's folder that list "amethyst." For example,
the Brothers file for Beacon Glass includes a single sheet picturing and describing a "Barrel Pitcher No. 123" and "Barrel Mug No 121" in "Amethyst, Aqua, Emerald." It is dated 1944 by Brothers and he notes their factory is a Vineland, NJ.
Brothers wrote to American glass factories during this period and he often notes when he received a packet from the company. The complete Brother's folder for Beacon Glass has been microfilmed and you are welcome to borrow it via Interlibrary Loan.
Another sheet in the Brothers file has a paper label attached. It is a rectangle with curved edges, "BEACON" (top line), HAND BLOWN (2nd line), in U.S.A. (3rd line). The letters are in glossy silver with a background in black, a silver line surrounds the outer edge.
The last entry in the file is from American Glass Review, April 3, 1948: "Glass Plant for Sale -- We have a modern, nearly new, successful glass plant for sale, suitable for making pressed and art glass, also laboratory ware. A real buy.... Jos. Dowler, Vineland, N.J." with Brother's note "Might be Beacon plant(?)"
I didn't find Beacon Glass in Jackson's 20th Century Factory Glass or in various trademark books.
Please let me know if I can provide any other information.