Onondaga Copper Ashtray

Aug 28, 2023 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a copper ashtray with a glass insert advertising the Syracuse Glass Company’s Onondaga Brand of window glass, with an image of their logo of an Indian warrior. The Museum has quite an eclectic collection of Onondaga memorabilia, including a match folder with a colorful rendition of the same logo. The third photograph is a metal and celluloid clip, probably intended for a bridge pad. It has a chart for U.S. Auction Bridge Scores, as announced by the New York Whist Club, April 5, 1926. We also have a small collection of archival materials, including a brochure dated 1935 listing selling points for presentation to contractors from Libbey-Owens-Ford. It emphasizes mirrors as a primary product.

It is interesting to note that we have postcards acknowledging receipt of an order from 1927 and 1954 – and they are identical to one another! The cards obviously met their purpose since they continued to use them for at least a quarter of a century.

Syracuse Glass Company was located in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, hence the name of their trademark brand.

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