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Diamond Glass Company Vanity Items

Diamond Glass Company History

The eventual home of the Diamond Glass Company was built in 1892 in Indiana, Pennsylvania and operated as the Indiana Glass Company. Due to financial problems this company was short lived, and ceased operations in 1896. A few weeks later, Harry Northwood leased the factory and the facility operated as the Northwood Company. Northwood brought the Dugans back into the operation and the plant remained under Northwood control until 1899. In late 1899, the Northwood Company joined the National Glass Company and Harry Northwood and his family left the business and returned to England. The name of the factory was changed to the Northwood Glass Works and operation was controlled by the National Glass Company until 1904. In 1904, the plant was bought by a group of investors who formed the Dugan Glass Company. This company was managed by Thomas and Alfred Dugan and operated under their name until 1913. During this period the company specialized in high quality pressed glassware. Some of the more popular patterns were S-Repeat, Beaded Shell and Beaded Ovals in Sand. Glassware was produced in crystal and colors. Special treatments resulted in the production of enameled, silver filigree, opalescent and iridescent glassware. The Diamond Glass Company was founded in 1913 after the resignation of Thomas and Alfred Dugan from the Dugan Glass Company. The Diamond organization established a cutting shop and continued to produce the lines of glassware made popular by the Dugans. By 1916, the name of the company changed slightly to the Diamond Glass-Ware Company and Alfred Dugan returned as plant manager. Two important lines introduced in the 1920's were No. 900 (Adam's Rib) and Victory. Just as the company appeared to be recovering from the effects of the Great Depression, a fire destroyed part of the plant on June 27 in 1931. The plant never reopened.

Diamond Glass Company Vanity Items


Flat Foot Cologne Bottles in the Adam's Rib Pattern

Diamond Introduction to Flat Foot BottlesT

The bottles shown above are three different examples of  Diamond bottles that were made in the mid 1920s to 1931. These perfume bottles were part of Diamond's Adam's Rib  line.

Diamond #900 Adam's Rib Vanity Sets

Diamond Vanity #900 Adams Rib Vanity Sets

The #900 Adams's Rib vanity set is the most common style and configuration of vanity sets that were made by Diamond. These perfume sets were introduced in the 1920s and most likely made until 1931 when fire damaged the plant so badly that it was never reopened.  Commonly found colors of Diamond’s Adam’s Rib vanity set are transparent amber, blue, crystal, pink, and green.  Less often found colors are black and enameled white. Any of these colors may be found decorated Diamond #900 vanity sets were sold with and without trays.  The sets are usually found with rectangular or round trays.  A rarely found handled, scalloped tray has also been found. These sets may be the most commonly found Depression era  vanity set from this time period.

Diamond NSure Ad from 1927

Diamond Adam's Rib Amber Vanity Set with Common Gold Decoration

Adam's Rib vanity set in amber with gold trim

Silver and gold band decorations like the one shown above are seen most often. All the decorated sets have trays with gold or silver decoration on the top edge. Sets with this decoration have been found in transparent amber, blue, green and pink.

Diamond Jet Black Assortment

Diamond Jet Black Vanity Set


Adam's Rib vanity set in black with enameled floral decoration and gold trim

Above is a Jet Black enamel decorated vanity set. The ad  shown to the right in is from a 1926 Butler Brothers Catalog Jet Black Decorated Art Glass Ad. The ad shows a Jet Black assortment which includes this vanity set. All the pieces shown in this ad were made by the Diamond Glass Company.  The pieces in this ad are black glass with orange hand painted flowers.  The pieces were trimmed in gold.






Diamond White Enameled Vanity Set with Gold Decoration