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Tiffin Glass from
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A short explanation of Tiffin Glass:

Tiffin Glass was made in the city of Tiffin from 1889, when A J Beatty and Sons opened their new glass factory in the city, until 1984 when the last of a series of owners finally closed the glassworks. In the early years the company merged with US Glass (1892), then suffered a disastrous fire in 1893 followed by rebuilding the factory in 1894. The city of Tiffin were highly supportive of the glassworks, having given A J Beatty & Sons free gas for the first five years plus a cash and land grant worth some $50,000. To persuade US Glass to rebuild the factory in 1894 they gave them a further two years free gas.

Initially a pressed glass factory making tumblers at the rate of half a million a year, they soon diversified into a wide range of glassware and also into blown glass. Until 1927 their glass was identified as US Glass with a paper label showing USG. From 1927 onwards all US Glass output was identified as Tiffin glass with a paper label similar to the one shown left. Tiffin were such a successful operation that they were to subsidise other plants in the US Glass consortium, and whilst others closed down they continued to operate throughout the Depression years. In 1938 the headquarters of US Glass was transferred to Tiffin. By the late 1950s the consortium was in financial problems which led to bankruptcy in 1962; Tiffin Glass was saved when four former employees bought the company and re-named it Tiffin Art Glass Company in 1963. Over the years from then until final closure in 1984 the company was bought and sold several times.

Tiffin were especially famous for their beautiful stemware, their depression era pattern tableware, and their postwar "Modern" glass based on Scandinavian designs.

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