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Morgantown is one of the most treasured American producers of glass.
Their pieces have appeared as part of place settings from a petite towns to
the President's table. In business for the better part of a century, antique
Morgantown glass is renowned for its utmost quality and consistent
Opened in 1899 in Morgantown, West Virginia by Frank Bannister, the
company debuted their first blown glass wares shortly thereafter to almost
immediate acclaim. The early years of the 20th century saw Morgantown
expand exponentially, both in national sales presence and also in designs.
Banking on the success of their early Continental glassware line in the '20s,
Morgantown was able to survive the economic turmoil of the Great
Depression to emerge as a leading producer of fine glass for commercial
As they created designs for large hotels and passenger ships,
Morgantown continued to cater to the individual consumer with brilliant
tableware and even some art glass pieces. Morgantown's success was
sustained until the latter half of the 20th century when their popularity began
to wane. Still, among glass connoisseurs today, Morgantown continues to be
For a brief period in its early years, Morgantown changed its
name: from 1903 to 1923, it was known as the Economy Tumbler Company,
and then from 1923 to 1929, it was the Economy Glass Company
First Lady Jackie Kennedy selected a Morgantown lead crystal pattern
as the official White House service. From that point onward, the pattern was
known as President's House
Morgantown was subsumed by Fostoria in 1965 and continued to
produce glass until the early '70s
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