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The A.J. Heisey Glass Company was one of the most celebrated 20th-century Midwestern producers of
glass. Founded in Newark, Ohio in 1895, Heisey became renowned for its blown and pressed glass
Entering the glassware market among challenging competition, Heisey nevertheless rapidly advanced
in the field thanks to their impeccably high quality of glass. Many Heisey pieces were finished using the
technique of firepolishing, which virtually guaranteed a remarkably smooth surface. This resulted in some
Heisey pieces so brilliant that they could be easily mistaken for crystal.
In addition to the clarity of their glass, Heisey was acclaimed for their wide range of colors. During the
company's peak years of production between the late '20s and early '30s, Heisey introduced patterns in new
shades with vibrancy reflected in catchy names. Moongleam, for example, was a vibrant shade of green,
while Alexandrite assumed a striking lavender or orchid hue that shifted slightly toward blue depending on
lighting conditions. It is the Alexandrite that is one of the rarest Heisey colors to come by, yet any Heisey
piece produced during these peak years that survives today should be considered a treasure.
In addition to artful glass designs, Heisey is also credited with having created the glass used
for some automobile headlights as well as early Holophane lamps, which used prismatic effects to amplify
the distribution of light
Authentic Heisey pieces in patterns from Crystolite to Yeoman typically come with the trademark logo
of a capital H inscribed within a diamond shape
Fans of Heisey Glass can celebrate its legacy at the National Heisey Glass Museum, located in Newark,