Gibson Glass Company
The Gibson Glass Company was an American glassware manufacturer.
Brief history and description
The Gibson Glass Company was established by Charles Gibson, who began working as a glassmaker during the 1950s, working first within the established glass companies ‘Indiana Glass’ and ‘Blenko’, amongst others. His own company opened in 1976, only to close one year later after Charles Gibson decided to change careers.
The company was reopened in 1983 by Gibson and his son Phillip. It closed again in 2006.
Gibson Glass’s most famous products are probably their glass cruets, though they were also known for a wide range of glassware products, both purely decorative and practical.
Guide for collectors
Most products by the Gibson Glass Company can be identified by searching for their ‘GIBSON’ watermark, which is presented within a circular imprint alongside the year of production. However, this is not visible or present on all of the company’s products, and therefore if prospective collectors are in any doubt as to the authenticity of a particular piece, they are advised to seek specialist assistance before purchasing.
Gibson Glass Company items have auctioned from several major and specialist auction houses, as well as featuring prominently at online auctioneers such as eBay, where they have been seen to sell for low prices.
Towards the lower end of the price scale for a Gibson Glass Company piece, a Gibson paperweight sold for just $8 on 19th February 2005 from Robert S Block.
A Gibson Glass Company apple paperweight also sold for $15 from Rose Galleries on 10th May 2008, whilst elsewhere in the same price range, a Gibson paperweight glass teapot ring holder in excellent condition (dated from 1985) sold for $20 from Homestead Auctions on 24th June 2006, and a Gibson art-glass perfume bottle sold for $40 from Martin Auction Co. on 16th April 2011.
At a higher price point, a Gibson art-glass paperweight lamp sold from Burchard Galleries Inc on 25th January 2009 for $450