I was inspired by my recent story on shoes still made in the USA and came up with the idea to research and feature more US-made products between now and Christmas. According to ABC-TV, for every additional $3.33 each American keeps in the country, we would create an additional 10,000 jobs. The first place I went to look was the Vermont Country Store. Alas, I did not find as much American-made houseware as I was expecting. But, their site did help me discover this lovely company — Mosser Glass, based in Cambridge, Ohio, which produces lots of vintage-style glassware including from original molds. Aren’t these cake stands pretty?
How about these glass hens? Everyone’s granny had one of these – for sure for sure. These two items – cake plates and hen dishes — represent just a small sampling of Mosser’s extensive line of glassware — with many gift ideas possible.
Here is what Thomas Mosser, owner, says about the origins of his company on their website’s About page:
The origins of Mosser Glass go back more than half a century to the time when my father Orie was the plant manager of the Cambridge Glass Company. I began working there as a teenager, learning the trade the right way, from bottom to top. When Cambridge Glass closed in 1954, I decided I wanted to continue in the glass business with a company of my own. It took a while for a young man just starting in life to put together the elements necessary to do that. I spent five years buying glass moulds, searching for used equipment I could afford and saving money. In 1959, I was finally able to begin manufacturing glassware in, of all places, an abandoned chicken coop. Things worked out and within two years, I was able to leave the coop and form Variety Glass, producing glassware for the pharmaceutical industry.
I had decided from day one that I was committed to manufacturing quality glassware and I feel that brought us continuing success. In 1971, I established Mosser Glass. Today, we employ over 30 people in an efficient manufacturing process configured to provide the highest quality glassware for our customers. Our product line mixes new designs with timeless classics acquired from Viking, L.G. Wright and, of course, Cambridge Glass.
I am also proud to say my family continues to operate the company. Georgianna, my wife, brings her love of antiques to the design of original pieces. My son Tim is the plant manager, and my daughters Sally and Mindy oversee the office. This mix of generations brings new ideas to the company without the loss of the traditions our customers cherish.
My family and I are proud of the legacy that my father Orie began. As you look through the following pages, you will see we continue that legacy, blending beauty and fine craftsmanship in every piece of glassware we produce. We hope it brings you as much pleasure as it brings us.
To see the complete Mosser Glass line, you can open this PDF, which is also available on their homepage.
Where to buy Mosser Glass? One place to start is Amazon — and if you buy via my links, I get a little spiff. For example:
- Mosser Glass cake plates on Amazon – looks like there’s a great selection.
- Mosser Jadeite on Amazon – I know there are a lot of jadeite lovers out there.
- For glassware, candlesticks and some other pieces, try Vermont Country Store.