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L.G. Wright Glass Company (1938-1999)



  • Existence: 1938 (date of establishment) - 1999 (date of dissolution) - 1999


The L.G. Wright Glass Company was founded by Lawrence G. and Verna Mae Wright in 1938. Located in New Martinsville, West Virginia, the company purchased old molds for blown and pressed glassware, conveyed them to various glass manufacturers in the region, and commissioned the reproduction of antique American lamps, tableware, and drinkware. The company then distributed the reproductions to various retailers. L.G. Wright Glass Company sometimes altered the molds or commissioned new ones, and over time added an in-house decorating department to further customize its reproduction pieces. Verna Mae Wright operated the company independently after her husband's death in 1969. Verna Mae Wright's died in 1990, and the company was liquidated in 1999.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

L.G. Wright Glass Company Records

Identifier: MS-0192
Scope and Contents

The L. G. Wright Glass Company Records document the dealings of a wholesaler of antique American glassware reproductions. The collection consists of four series:

(1) Financial and Employment Records, 1937-1964, 1999

(2) Production and Sales Records, Circa 1937-1994

(3) Photographic Prints of L. G. Wright Glass Company and Family, Circa 1920-1970

(4) Miscellaneous, Circa 1940-1997

Dates: Circa 1920-1999; Majority of material found within 1937-1976