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L. G. Wright Glass

New Martinsville, WV (1937 - 1999)

Article by Jean McClelland who writes about antiques for The Herald-Dispatch.

L.G. Wright Glass was founded in 1937 by Si Wright and was located in New Martinsville, W.Va. It was unique in that its products were actually produced by other companies such as Fenton Art Glass, New Martinsville, Fostoria, Morgantown and Paden City. These well known factories used Wright's molds and designs to create L.G. Wright Glass.

Wright glass can be found in a variety of colors, particularly the satin finished glass. In the past few years of its existence the company flashed many crystal items. Flashing is the process of adding a very thin layer of colored glass over clear. There is also a strong body of milk glass included in their wares.

Some of the items Wright produced included barber bottles, water goblets, lamps, candy dishes and covered animal dishes. A few of the tableware patterns collectors covet include Moon & Star, Daisy & Button plus Panel Grape.

Founder Si Wright was an entrepreneur who, as a glass salesman, had made strong contacts within the glass industry.

He was able to envision his own company selling glass made from his molds but the work would be outsourced to other companies. Wright ran his company until his death when his wife took it over and then passed it on to younger members of the family.  The deluge of glass imports from the third world eventually sounded the death knell of L.G. Wright in 1999.

When the company went under, the molds were purchased by other glass companies. This complicates identification of a piece when one doesn't know the product very well.
Two serious clues to a Wright reproduction is that the color and weight of a copy will not measure up to the original glass.

Much of the Wright glassware was not marked, and therefore, it is sometimes hard to identify it.

Some pieces had paper stickers but they are more than likely long gone. What was marked would have a honey bee or a circled W on it. There have been several books published on this glass that would be helpful in identification. "The L. G. Wright Glass Company" by Measell and Roetteis and "L. G. Wright Glass" by The West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Ltd., are reportedly good sources to consult for identification.

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