Last Updated: Apr 17, 2017     Views: 107

One of my favorite books for American pressed glass is:  

Welker, John [and] Elizabeth.  Pressed Glass in America: Encyclopedia of the First Hundred Years 1825-1925.  Limited 1st ed.  Ivyland, Pa.: Antique Acres Press, 1985.

It really is an encyclopedia. It provides a thorough review of the history of pressed glass; factory histories (lots of lists with dates and stories); glassmaking information; the pressing process (patents and methods); glassmen and their organizations; information about collecting; and more. Part IV lists pressed tableware patterns, with references to other books where you can find complete information. However, it does not include color photographs of the patterns.

This is another reliable book - more for general collectors:

Reilly, Darryl and Bill Jenks.  Early American Pattern Glass: Collector’s Identification & Price Guide.   Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002. 

There are lots of other great books - I am sending our bibliography as well as this one compiled by American Pattern

If you become interested in the glass of a particular company, please contact me again. We have wonderful resource lists, including trade catalogs (glass company publications) that can help you learn more.

If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Your library can contact us through OCLC or they may send an Interlibrary Loan form to us by e-mail. We send copies of articles and will also loan certain books if a second copy is available in the library collection. Books are loaned for a four week period. For further information, please see our web page:

Please let me know if you have additional questions.

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