Welcome to the Historical American Glass Site
This site was designed to preserve,educate and provide enjoyment for historians,the novice glass collector ,and the advanced glass collector in their pursuit of information about the early glass that was manufactured here on our shores. The material printed on this site was obtained through research on the web, Old and new books,Newspapers that I own and the glass pieces themselves. Historical American Glass shows you where ,when and sometimes why the factory's produced the articles of glass they did. The glass industry in the early colonies was a very important venture that provided goods,employment,and needed other industries related to the glass industry for the entire villages that grew up around the glass houses. 1915 is the modern cutoff date that I use for it is by that time most of the old time glass factorys were now using Michael Owens new Glass Blowing machine. The website begins with the first glass works in the colony's which was constructed at Jamestown. I hope you enjoy your stay here as I enjoy knowing I may have helped you with a question about a piece of glass you may have just acquired. On this page you will find the links to the other web pages on this site. Most are in a picture click-able menu which will open up a new window.Now go explore!!
The beginning of glass production ,Jamestown Virginia 1608 to 1609 and the second attempt at the same site 1621 to 1624.
Below are artifacts that were discovered at the Factory site.
Artifacts found at the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting pot, part of a working hole, fragment from large melting pot, cullet (broken or refuse glass shown in lower left corner), and green glass fragments and drippings (lower center and lower right).