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."

Physical Description

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

Creation Information

Libbey Glass Company 1896.

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  • 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.

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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."

Physical Description

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

Notes

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.

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Creation Date

  • 1896

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Start & End Dates

  • 1893 - 1894

Added to The UNT Digital Library

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 11:10 a.m.

Description Last Updated

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:20 a.m.

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Citations, Rights, Re-Use

Libbey Glass Company. Glass Axe, physical object, 1896; Chicago, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2117/: accessed March 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.