Glass Axe

Description:

Clear glass axe or hatchet, made at the Libbey Glass Company display as a souvenir of the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. One side of blade with relief inscription "World's Fair / 1983"; other side of blade with relief portrait of George Washington, and inscription "The Father Of His Country". Handle with relief inscription near base: "Libbey Glass Co / Toledo, Ohio."

Creator(s): Libbey Glass Company
Creation Date: 1896  
Partner(s):
UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
Collection(s):
General Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 817
Past 30 days: 20
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Author):
Libbey Glass Company

In 1877, the New England Glass Company was purchased by William L. Libbey, and renamed Libbey Glass. After his death in 1883, Edward Libbey assumed control of the company, and in 1888 moved it to Toledo, Ohio. In 1882, English Designer Joseph Locke joined the firm, and his designed brought them world-wide recognition. From 1878 to 1915, Libbey was one of the leading producers of cut-glass in the world. The company won prizes for its work at the 1893 Columbian and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fairs. In the 1920’s they moved into production of glassware for restaurants and hotels. The firm pioneered in automation, and the first automated production of stemware was accomplished by the firm. The firm continues to this day under the name Libbey Inc.

Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: Libby Glass Company
Place of Publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1896
  • Digitized: August 7, 2007
Coverage:
Date
1893  
From 1893 to 1894
Description:

Clear glass axe or hatchet, made at the Libbey Glass Company display as a souvenir of the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. One side of blade with relief inscription "World's Fair / 1983"; other side of blade with relief portrait of George Washington, and inscription "The Father Of His Country". Handle with relief inscription near base: "Libbey Glass Co / Toledo, Ohio."

Note:

As part of their display at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, the Libby Glass Company set up furnaces and produced a range of souvenirs and items for sale. This particular piece honors the legend of George Washington and the cherry tree.
Gift of Judie Hoyenski, 2007.

Physical Description:

1 axe : glass ; 21 x 11 x 3 cm.

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Partner:
UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections
Collection:
General Collection
Identifier:
  • OCLC: 123128377 |
  • CALL-NO: T500.L1 L53349 1893
  • UNTCAT: b3179432 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc2117
Resource Type: Physical Object
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public