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So far, I have not found a timeline specifically for colored American glass. Are you most interested in blown or pressed colored glasses?

I found a "Chronological Chart of American Glass Houses" in American Glass by George S. and Helen McKearin. [NY: Crown Publishers, 1941, 1948], pp. 583-613. Would this help you?

Kenneth M. Wilson's American Glass 1760-1930 [NY: Hudson Hills Press & Toledo Museum of Art, 1994, 2 vols] takes a type of glass and chronological approach.

Pullin, Anne Geffken. Glass signatures, trademarks and trade names : from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Lombard, IL : Wallace-Homestead Book Co., c1986.  368 p. Includes American and foreign firms/artists.  The section "Benchmark dates, technical and historical" p. 354-357 may be useful.  <T223.V4G55 .P98 ; Microforms F-9734>

This one is also more technical:

The Development and application of a chronology for American glass. Ronald William Deiss. New Holland, IL : Midwestern Archeological Center, Illinois State University, 1981, c1982. 158 p.   Originally published as the author's thesis (M.A.)--Illinois State University, 1981. Note: Bibliography: p. 131-139. Handwritten comments and corrections by Jane Shadel Spillman within. Location: Secured Stacks; Call Number: TP853.A2 D32

Welker's book, Pressed Glass in America 1825-1925 could be a good start for building a timeline of American colored glass. [Antique Acres Press, 1985]. It includes extensive information about factory history and patterns, for example.


Our museum website has a general timeline for the history of glass:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one for decorative arts:

I attached a list of chronologies we have located in our books or online.

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