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McKee Glass Company

McKee Glass Company

The McKee Glass Company was established in 1853 under the name McKee and Brothers Glass Works. McKee began its operation as a large business and maintained that status thoughout the Depression Era. After 1888, because of rising fuel concerns, the company relocated to Westmoreland County in western Pennsylvania, and settled in a small town which they created and named Jeannette after Mrs. McKee. Jeannette turned out to be the perfect location for glass manufacturers due the rich coal supplies. By 1929 Jeannette had expanded to a population of 18,000 and the town now contained eight different glass companies. McKee was slow to automate and much of the glassware made through the Depression Era was produced by hand. Colored kitchenware and dinnerware lines were a large part of the production by the mid 1920's. The Glasbake line was the primary kitchenware issue. Rock Crystal Flower was the leading tableware line in both crystal and colors. Opaque green, blue and yellow kitchenware was made for refrigerator storage and kitchen use. Opaque colors were also used to express the detail of the Laurel pattern. Specialty items such as Sunkist reamers, Tom & Jerry sets were important items, Art Deco vases and lamps, and children's dishes were also important products.

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  1. McKee / Sneath WMG Hard to Find Refrigerator Water Cooler / Dispenser RARE

    McKee / Sneath WMG Hard to Find Refrigerator Water Cooler / Dispenser RARE

    Company Maker: Sneath Glass Company or McKee - Item: Water Dispenser Color: White Milk Glass - Circa: Early 1900s / 1930s - Category: Kitchen Glassware - Backstamp / Labels: None - Item Condition: We are pleased to offer for sale this seldom seen Depression Era white milk glass Water Cooler /Dispenser. This piece is in great shape. The glass parts are in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The metal part is in great shape too. All McKee water coolers use this style spigot. The rubber gasket has hardened with age and would need to be replaced if you were actually going to use this piece. There is a small area where some sand was caught in the glass. It has left a small blackish area (please see the photo). This dispenser has been found in White Milk Glass, Jadite, and crystal. It has also been found in crystal with a jade lid. That would cause one to think this was a Mckee product. However, the dispenser lid differs from the known McKee dispenser round lids in size. It is slightly smaller. Sneath made a similar water dispense in a clambroth green, crystal and a clambroth color which is the same dimension as the one shown here. The confirmed Sneath cooler does not have the stylish embossed pattern and comes with a different syle spigot. Until one of these dispensers is found with its original information we are not sure who to attribute this hard to find water cooler to. Learn More
    $289.99
  2. McKee Annabella Pink Depression Powder Jar / Vanity Box with Fancy Wheel Cutting

    McKee Annabella Pink Depression Powder Jar / Vanity Box with Fancy Wheel Cutting

    COMPANY / MAKER: Unconfirmed by catalog reprints but most likely McKee. Another powder jar with the same bottom is found in McKee's Jadite, Chalaine Blue, Seville Yellow, and Custard. COMPANY OWNER: Unknown but most likely McKee. There is a possibility that McKee produced this jar for cosmetic company who then distributed it under another name. ITEM: Annabella Powder Jar COLOR: Pink Transparent CIRCA: 1920s/ 1930s CATEGORY: Bedroom and Bathroom Glassware DESCRIPTION / ABOUTt: Annabella Powder / Puff Jar : 3 1/2" H. - 4 3/4" W. ITEM CONDITION: This stunning Annabella powder jar is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The wheel cutting is awesome and is well done. She is free of discoloration or blemishes. Absolutely Beautiful! Learn More
    $149.99
  3. McKee Innovation Crackled Glassware # 88-1 Green Covered Iced Tea Set - Pitcher and Tumblers

    McKee Innovation Crackled Glassware # 88-1 Green Covered Iced Tea Set - Pitcher and Tumblers

    Maker: McKee - Item: Innovation Crackled Glass Ice Tea Set (consisting of a Covered Jug and 6 Ice Tea Tumblers) - Color: Deep Green - Circa: 1920s - Jug Measurement: 10" H- 7 1/2" W. - Tumbler Measurement: 5 1/2" H- 2 7/8" W. - Item Description: This striking green McKee Innovation Crackled Glass Ice Tea Set is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The crackle glass effect is outstanding. It is a beautiful deep green color. It is hard to believe that a set that is approximately 93 years old could have survived intact and undamaged, but this set is unscathed and stunning. Learn More
    $179.99
  4. Mckee Tulip Vase Third Panel Sheriffs Jury New York, Sterling Overlay

    Mckee Tulip Vase Third Panel Sheriffs Jury New York, Sterling Overlay

    Company Maker: The McKee Glass Company - Item: Tuip Vase with Sterling Overlay Third Panel Sheriffs Jury New York - Circa: 1937 - 1942 - Color: Crystal Satin with Silver Overlay - Measurement: 8 7/8" H. - 7 1/4" W. - Marks: Marked Sterling near the bottom of the Urn Decoration. The urn decoration appears on 3 sides of the vase. The fourth side of the vase has the Third Panel Jury Symbol with a Eagle on Top. The words "III Panel Sheriff's Jury" are incised into the design. - Condition: Over the years, altered versions of this beautiful tulip vase have been made by many companies. This exact vase was made by The McKee Glass Company from 1937 - 1942 which dates this lovely piece. The vase is shown in Sandra Stout's book " The Complete Book of McKee Glass" on page 100. This original catalog reprint leaves no doubt as to who made this piece. McKee sold the vase under their name without the sterling decoration. At some point they were commissioned to make the vase for the Third Panel Sheriff's Jury. It is unclear whether McKee added the Silver Overlay. It is more likely that a decorating company added the silver. For more information about the 3rd Panel Jury please check out the brief history below. This outstanding vase is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The vase is marked sterling in several different places. The sterling overlay is intact and perfect. Learn More
    $499.99

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