Monday, January 16, 2012

A Little Bit Of 'Mad Men' Part II

Back in May 2010, I wrote a blog post about what I considered to be a very cool set of vintage glassware that I had purchased at an antique shop in Cumberland, Maryland, a few years ago. The glasses featured different world cities and appeared to date from the 1950s, considering that Havana was one of the cities and that the United States imposed an embargo on Cuba starting in 1960.

Turns out they were made by the Libbey glassware company and do, indeed, date from the 1950s. How do I know? You see, I'm not the only one out there who thinks these glasses are way cool. That blog post garnered almost 30 comments, and it's consistently one of my most frequently visited posts.

In addition to the comments on the blog post itself, I've heard personally from a few other collectors out there, including John Warming from "sunny Minnesota." Over the holidays, John sent me some photos of his incredible -- and complete! -- collection of this line of glassware, which come in three distinct styles -- Beverage, Double Old Fashioned, and Continental Goblet.

I'm publishing some of John's photos with this blog item. I love the brass-plated caddy for the beverage-style glasses (pictured below). Me want!

Thanks for taking the time to share your collection with us, John.

I also heard from Ayla Freeman, who has a cool blog, Vintage With A Vengeance, and who also wrote about this particular set of Libbey glassware.

As she notes, the set originally featured eight cities: London, Bombay, The Hague, Madrid, Havana, Athens, Rome, and Paris.

Happy collecting, folks. I'm really glad to know so much about my glassware!

I'd love to complete my set, but I doubt the glasses would make it all the way to Prague intact.


  1. This is very cool. I have four of the beverage glasses. Athens, Bombay, Havana and Paris. My sister was giving things away to Goodwill or the church rummage, and she wanted to know if I wanted any of the stuff. She said the glasses looked like something I would like. I snatched them up and put them in a curio cabinet and am just now starting to research them. Thank you for your blog!!! I am glad to see I am not alone in my obsession to find the missing glasses. The hunt is on!!!!

  2. I inherited an incomplete set of the beverage sized glasses from my grandpa. In my efforts to complete that set (which I did), I discovered the two other sizes, which (after been hugely difficult) I completed them as well. I also got a vintage teak handled foldable caddy for the beverage glasses that I LOVE.

    Now the only thing I'm missing is rarest glass, the Nassau glass. In my research, I found out that after the embargo Libbey continued to make the set for another year or two with one change. They removed the Havana glass and replaced it with the Nassau one. I would LOVE to find that glass to have a truly complete set of glasses. However, if I don't that is ok because I am truly and very much in LOVE which what I have and use them every single day. They always make me take a second look at them and add a bit of class to my drinks and/or meals. Just figured I'd share that.