Opening April 4, 2001

The Lucas County-Maumee Valley Historical Society is proud to display its collection of historic and antique glass beginning April 4, 2001 at the Wolcott House Museum Complex, 1031 River Road, Maumee, Ohio. This exhibit will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for students.

Toledo's association with the glass industry dates to the 1890s when a plentiful supply of natural gas, fine sands, good transportation connections, and a vibrant urban culture lured one of the largest makers of fine glass, the Libbey Company, to the city. Over the next generation numerous smaller glass firms would open in the city and Libbey would found a number of others that would specialize in bottles, automotive glass, and architectural glass.

In 1999, the LC-MVHS was given the Cole Glass Collection, a large and diverse collection of glass and glassware whose items spanned over century in time. Here is just a small sample of some of the pieces that will be on display:

Libbey Cut Glass Pitcher (early 20th Century)
Libbey Cut Glass Pitcher, closeup view (early 20th Century)
Libbey Cut Glass Pitcher, closeup view (early 20th Century)
Libbey Cut Glass Pitcher, closeup view (early 20th Century)
Bust of Michael Owens (inventor of the automatic glass-blowing machine)
Bust of Michael Owens, closeup view (inventor of the automatic glass-blowing machine)
Bust of Michael Owens, side view (inventor of the automatic glass-blowing machine)
Libbey Amberina Vase (early 20th Century)
Avon Jeep Shampoo Bottle , side view (circa 1960s)
Avon Jeep Shampoo Bottle, angled rear view (circa 1960s)
Rail Plane Candy Bottle (Victory Glass Co., early 20th Century)
Rail Plane Candy Bottle, closeup view (Victory Glass Co., early 20th Century)
Rail Plane Candy Bottle, side view (Victory Glass Co., early 20th Century)
Dr. Martin Luther King Flask (Wheaton Glass Co., Millville, NJ, circa 1960's)
Dr. Martin Luther King Flask, closeup view of face (Wheaton Glass Co., Millville, NJ, circa 1960's)
Dr. Martin Luther King Flask, closeup view of text on the other side (Wheaton Glass Co., Millville, NJ, circa 1960's)
Libbey Cut Vase (Made by Libbey Artisan, R.F. Bartley, 1913)
Libbey Cut Vase, closeup view of the vase stem (Made by Libbey Artisan, R.F. Bartley, 1913)
Ohio Turnpike Commemorative Tumbler
Ohio Turnpike Commemorative Tumbler, closeup view
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Plate (Henze Art Co., Pt. Marion, Penn.)
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Plate, closeup view (Henze Art Co., Pt. Marion, Penn.)
Amberina Tulip Bulb Vase (Libbey, early 20th Century)
Amberina Tulip Bulb Vase, closeup view (Libbey, early 20th Century)
Apollo Landing Commemorative Candy Dish (Peoria Journal Star, 1969)
Apollo Landing Commemorative Candy Dish, angled view (Peoria Journal Star, 1969)
Amberina Bowl (Libbey, early 20th Century)
Amberina Bowl, closeup view (Libbey, early 20th Century)
Mercury Glass Tumbler (Late 19th Century)
Mercury Glass Tumbler, closeup of the glass base (Late 19th Century)
\"Little Papoose\" Nursing Bottle, closeup view (Late 19th Century)
\"Little Papoose\" Nursing Bottle (Late 19th Century)
Libbey Cut Glass Pitcher (early 20th Century)Glass from the Past: An Exhibition of Collectable Glass at the Wolcott House

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