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The Beaumont Glass Company

Beaumont Glass was organized by Percy Beaumont in 1890 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. By 1902, the company had outgrown its location and was moved to Grafton, West Virginia. Soon after the relocation Percy was offered the job of manager at the Union Stopper Company. He sold his interests in Grafton factory and took on the Union Stopper Company job. The Union Stopper Company produced non-refillable glass stoppers for whiskey bottles. There was little need for this product so with Percy's takeover in 1906 the company began making glass tableware. Other needed items were added to the line and a second factory was purchased in Sabraton, West Virginia. In 1917 the Union Stopper Company was renamed the The Beaumont Company. The Beaumont Company was known for its light shades, ink wells, and light globes. They produced fine quality Depression Era Glassware in a translucent color known as Moonstone by collectors and called Fer-Lux by Beaumont. Fer-Lux was created prior to World War I, This color today is know is know by many collectors as clambroth. A similar translucent glass in jadite was also produced. These colors were made primarily to use in the production of lamp shades and globes, but were widely used later in the creation of fine glassware made for the table and bar area. Many of the Fer-Lux dinnerware and accessory pieces were hand-painted with a floral chintz design, dots, or with fancy gold decorations. Other decorations are also frequently found. They produced an assortment of vases, powder jars and bed and bath items as well. Other well known Beaumont colors include,amber, amethyst, black, blue, blue satin, crystal, crystal satin, cobalt, emerald green, green, green satin, pink, ruby, topaz and topaz satin. Percy Beaumont continued to run the company as Vice-President and general manager. In 1947, Percy died. After that the company remained in the hands of his Grandson, Arthur B. Beaumont. Arthur served as president of the company from 1953 until1962. Late production consisted of mainly hand-made lighting products. In 1988 Beaumont was purchased by Michael Carlow who also owned the L.E. Smith Glass Company. This association was short lived as the Beaumont Glass Company closed its doors in 1991. Many of their molds were sold. The Fenton Art Glass company bought a great number of the molds and acquired some of Beaumont's workers as well. Some information for this history of the Beaumont Glass Company was obtained from: The Glass Candlestick Book Volume 1 by Tom Felt and Elaine & Rich Stoer; Great American Glass of the Roaring 20s & Depression Era Book 1 and 2 by James Measell and Berry Wiggins; West Virginia Glass Between The World Wars by Dean Six. An excellent recent resource is The Beaumont Company: Glassware of the 1920's & 1930's. This is monograph Number 123 from the West Virginia Museum of American Glass written by Helen Jones.
Beaumont Patterns and Shapes
Beaumont Two Light Scalloped Base Candlestick - (1920s-1930s) (Cobalt, Fer-Lux (Moonstone), Ruby, (5" H - 4 3/4" D.)

These keyhole-style scalloped base candlesticks are found in cobalt, ruby and a color that Beaumont called Fer-Lux. Fer-Lux is a white translucent color that most collectors call clambroth or moonstone. These candlesticks are 5" high. They are very ornate and are easily damaged because of their thin elegant arms and the sharp points in their design. Tom Felt reports in his book "The Glass Candlestick Book Volume I" that these candlesticks were made in crystal by the Seneca Glass Company. They are shown in a catalog with the etching #881. It is not known if Seneca produced these candlesticks from the Beaumont mold, or if they bought the crystal candlesticks directly from Beaumont.

Beaumont Round Paneled Candy Jar with Leaf Finial -(1920's-1930's) (Aqua, Fer-Lux)

This elusive candy has been found in aqua and Fer-Lux.The candy is 5.25" high and 6.75" in diameter. It has been seen with and without silver decoration on both the lid and the base. Probably, more colors and decorations will eventually be found.

Beaumont Multi-footed Candy Jar with Rib Finial -(1920's-1930's) (Aqua, Black, Crystal, Fer-Lux, Green, Jadite)

This candy jar is round, 5.25" in diameter, and the bottom has twelve square tab-like feet. The lid has four inclined steps and the finial is tower-shaped with vertical ribs. All colors except jadite and Fer-Lux have been seen in both shiny and satin. Some jars have been found with a cold painted floral decoration on the lids. This type of decoration does not hold up well to water and not many have survived intact. The base of the jar was used with the Court Jester powder jar.

Beaumont #682 Ice Tub (Cobalt, Fer-lux, Ruby) (1920's-1930s)

The Beaumont Glass Company made this oval 6" high handled ice tub in the above confirmed colors. It can be found decorated with several of Beaumont's hand painted and silver decorations. It was also sold plain to decorating companies who etched or decorated the ice tub with their own designs and sold them under their name.

Beaumont #126 Sphynx Powder Jar -(1920's-1930's) (Aqua satin, Aqua transparent, Black, Fer-Lux (Moonstone or Clambroth), Green satin, Pink satin, Topaz satin and Topaz transparent)

Beaumont's “Sphinx” powder jar is also called “King Tut” by some collectors. The jar is 5¼” in diameter and 5¼” high. The finial is comprised of the head of a sphinx, and the jar is a cone-shaped hexagon with a three-footed unembossed base. Some jars have been found marked “Taussaunt” and some have been found with an original paper label, inscribed “Dermay - 5th Ave. - N.Y. - Bath Powder.” Known colors include aqua satin, aqua transparent, black, green satin, Moonstone (clambroth), pink satin, topaz satin and topaz transparent. Some satin jars may have a gold decorated head. Some of the black jars have a silver head and silver triangular decorations on the corners of the lid.

Beaumont Footed Urn Lamp -(1920's) (Amber satin, Fer-Lux)

Lamps were fashioned from the tall footed square base urn mold by creating a hole through the bottom of the urn body and the top of the base to accommodate the cord and lamp fixture. The bottom of the foot also has an indent for the cord which allows the lamp to set level. We have seen these lamps in Fer-Lux and amber satin with a black foot.

Beaumont Heart-shaped Manicure Box -(1920's-1930's) (Aqua, Black, Crystal, Fer-Lux, Green, Jadite)

According to information gathered form a Flint Glass Workers Union circular from late 1931, this heart-shaped covered manicurist's tray was made by Beaumont. This may have been a special order item since all the ones that we can identify as Beaumont are embossed "E.W. INC, CHICAGO, ILL."

Beaumont Perfume Bottle -(1920's-1930's) (Fer-Lux)

This perfume bottle is part of a four piece vanity set produced by Beaumont. The stoppers and puff box lid have leaf finials which have gold accents. The perfume dauber is full length and the stopper has been ground to fit the bottle. A complete set appears to be made up of two perfume bottles, a puff box and a tray. The vanity set has only been found in Fer-Lux and is usually decorated with the Chintz-style pattern that is accented with gold trim.

Beaumont 4" Flared Vase -(1920's-1930's) (Fer-Lux)

This small vase is 4" tall and 3" in diameter. It has a bulbous style foot with another small bulged area above the foot. The vase then has a gradual flare to the top. The vase pictured has a gold star decoration with gold ring highlights. Fer-lux is the only color we have seen, but it may probably be found in other colors and with other decorations.

Beaumont #185-6" Flared Vase -(1920's-1930's) (Fer-Lux, Jadite, Ruby )

This flared vase is 6" tall and 6" in diameter across the top. The vase may be found with the more commonly seen plain round rim or or the more elusive crimped rim. Enameled and metallic decorations were used extensively on both shapes of this vase. The enameled Chintz and metallic Stork decorations are seem more often. The plain round flared version of this vase is nearly identical in color, size, shape and general appearance to the small flip vase made by Fenton. The easiest ones to identify as Beaumont are the crimped shape and the decorated vases. The Fer-Lux and jadite Beaumont vases usually appear slightly more translucent than their Fenton Moonstone and jadite counterparts. However, this may vary somewhat from one batch of glass to another, and looking for a consistent color is generally not the best way to distinguish the difference. Although the base diameters of both companies vases appear to be the same when measured with a ruler, the Fenton vase has a slightly smaller base. When both vases are placed on the small 3" Beaumont stand, the Beaumont vase fits almost snug while the Fenton vase has a bit of wiggle room. Although this is not a very scientific method of identifying the maker, it has proven to be accurate for all the vases we have tested.

Beaumont One Light Candlestick - (1920s - 30s) (Cobalt, Crystal, Ruby, Ferlux, ) (5" H. - 4 1/2" D.)

These beautiful candlesticks can be found in ruby, Fer-lux, crystal, and cobalt blue. Like the larger 2-light candlesticks, pictured to the left, they are very ornate in design. The Fer-lux (moonstone) candlesticks are often found with various Beaumont gold and enameled fired on decorations.

Beaumont Octagonal Footed Candy or Puff Box -(1920's-1930's) (Amber, Crystal, Green, Jadite, Pink)

Beaumont's octagonal-shaped, four-footed small candy or powder jar is 4.25" wide and 3.5: high. The colored dots decoration has been found on Fer-Lux pieces with black, blue, green or red dots. Decorated pieces will usually have a gold trimmed knob and a gold line around the edge of the lid.

Beaumont Tall Urn Candy -(1920's-1930's) (Amber, Black, Cobalt, Fer-Lux, Jadite)

This square footed covered urn is 10" tall. The lid has a leaf design finial. Several different metallic decorations have been found on these urns. Two of these urns were used to complete a console set with Beaumont's square footed oval console bowl. Lamps that were fashioned from this urn may also be found.

Beaumont Rectangular Cigarette Box - (1920's-1930's) (Crystal, Fer-lux, Ruby)

This rectangular cigarette box is 3.5" long and 2.75" wide. It can be found in Fer-Lux with many of the Beaumont enameled or silver decorations. The decoration pictured here is Beaumont's popular Chintz pattern. The small cupped astray that accompanies this box to form a cigarette set is much harder to find than the box. This ashtray is round and measures 2.75" in diameter.

Beaumont Court Jester I Powder Jar - (1930s) (Aqua Satin, Aqua transparent, Black, Black satin, Green satin, Green transparent, Jadite, Fer-lux (Clambroth), Pink satin, Pink transparent, Topaz satin, and Topaz transparent)

The finial of the "Court Jester" powder jars is comprised of a jester head with the typical ruffled collar around his neck. The bottom of "Court Jester I" is round, 5.25" in diameter, and contains twelve square tab-like feet. Many of the bases also bear the mark "Taussaunt Glass" on the bottom. This jar has been found in a variety of colors including black, black satin, blue satin, green satin, green transparent, jadite, Fer-lux (clambroth), pink satin, pink transparent, Vaseline satin, and Vaseline transparent. The black jar has been found with silver decoration. According to an article in the February, 1977 "Depression Glass Daze" by Sophia Papanau, the patent for this jar was obtained by Jerome E. Baum in 1929. "Court Jester I" has been found with several paper labels. Among these are a "Dermay Bath Powder" paper label and a "Wrisley Quality" paper label. A recently found label -SANCY FRERES PARFUM- is pictured in the Pop Up window.This suggests that more than one powder company used this jar to promote their products. This jar was produced by the Beaumont Glass Company. The bottom to this jar will be found with a non figural finial lid. It was sold by Beaumont as a candy and was also furnished to cosmetic companies for use as a bath salts container. This same jester head finial was also used by Beaumont on a jar with a three-footed base.

Beaumont Court Jester II Powder Jar -(1930s)(Black, Jadite)

"Court Jester II," is a variation of the "Court Jester I" jar, shown in the photo above. We have only seen this style complete jar in black and jadite, but bases in Moonstone (clambroth) are known. Some of the black jars have been found with platinum trim. This round jar is 5.25" in diameter and 5.5" high. The lids on both styles of "Court Jester" jars are the same. "Court Jester II" has a deep 3-footed base. We have not seen this style base with the "Taussaunt Glass" mark. The maker of this jar was the Beaumont Glass Company of West Virginia. A candy jar with this base and a non figural finial lid was sold by this company.

Beaumont Lamp from #185 Flared Vase -(1920's-1930's) (Fer-Lux, Jadite)

This 8.5" tall lamp was created by combining the 6" flared vase with the small four-footed base. Holes were drilled through the center of base recess and the bottom of the vase to allow the cord to pass through. The two parts were held together with the metal fitting used to attach the lamp socket. Lamps have been found in solid Fer-Lux, solid jadite and with a jadite top or Fer-Lux top with a black base. Both colors of tops have been seen with Beaumont enameled and metallic decorations. The stork figure in either gold or silver is one of the more interesting decorations. The lamp can be found with either a smooth round top or a crimped top.

Beaumont Sunburst Powder Jar - (1920's-1930's) (Black, Cobalt satin, Green satin, Pink satin, Topaz satin)

Records from the American Flint Glass Workers Union confirm this powder jar was produced by Beaumont in the late 1920's. This 4" square powder jar has 4 small feet on the corners of the bottom. The lid has an embossed "sunburst" in the center. The feet, the corners of the lid. and the "sunburst" are sometimes found decorated with gold. The underside of the base is embossed "Taussuaunt Glass." Colors found most often are pink satin and green satin.

Beaumont Octagonal Center Handled Server -(1920's-1930s) (Amber, Black, Crystal, Green, Rose)

This 10 1/2" diameter octagonal server has a heart-shaped looped center handle. It can be found in most of the Beaumont colors and with many of the usual enameled or silver decorations.

Beaumont Ribbed Vase with Base -(1920's-1930s)(Black, Fer-Lux, Jadite, Ruby)

This beautiful ribbed vase is found in ruby, jade green, black, and Fer-Lux. You occasionally find it being attributed to Fenton, but the ribbed vase in these colors was exclusive to Beaumont. The vase is 6" tall and 6" wide at the flared top. The base shown has a 3" recess and is the base that Beaumont used with it's vases, and smaller bowls. This base can be found in black, jadite and Fer-Lux. Many vases were sold with a black base, but some may be found with a Fer-Lux or jadite color base.

Beaumont 4-Leg Base -(1920's-1930's) (Black, Fer-Lux, Jadite, Opal)

Three sizes of Beaumont's four-legged base were made. The smallest base with a 3" top recess was generally used with vases and small bowls. The medium-size base has a recess of 3.5" It will usually be found drilled for use as a lamp part. The largest base has a recess of 4 inches. It will often be found with some of the larger bowls. The colors found most easily are black and Fer-Lux. Jadite bases are elusive, but are not rare. The milk glass or opal bases appear to be the hardest to find.