National Duncan Glass Society
to study and preserve the heritage of George Duncan & Sons in Pittsburgh and The Duncan & Miller Glass Company of Washington, PA including the design, manufacture and marketing of its products and to celebrate the men and women who made it possible. The Society maintains a museum open to the public to showcase the tools and glassware, publishes a quarterly full color journal of original research, and holds weekly and monthly lectures.
Programs and Services
- We have established a new Duncan & Miller Glass Museum dedicated to demonstrating the artistry and skill of the men and women who produced Duncan glass for nearly one hundred years. The new museum is all on one easily accessible floor and has ample free parking for cars and tour busses.
- The history of Duncan & Miller Company is the history of George Duncan, George Duncan & Sons, George Duncan's Sons, Duncan & Miller Company and later Tiffin and U.S. Glass Company. Ordinary men, women and children worked together to produce beautiful useful glass objects. They preserved through changing economics, social mores, Prohibition, World Wars. It is said, "at least one member of every family in Washington worked for Duncan and Miller" making " the loveliest glass in America".
- Sales trends were as present 100 years ago as they are today. The plain colonial styles prior to World War I were replaced by the pastel's greens, pink, amber and pale blue of the twenties. Glass dinner plates, cups and saucers, candleholders, compete with china. The early Thirties bring fabulous Art Deco designs like Terrace and the Rocket vase in bold cobalt, ruby and true black. Cocktail shakers, mixers, and tobacciana lines are added to the extensive tumbler and stemware offerings.
- Etched and cut crystal tableware is now favored. Buyer can purchase place settings, goblets. candleholders, vases, cocktail shakers, decanters, ashtrays, and cigarette boxes that match. Duncan's iconic swans, birds, and sailfish, Nautical, Caribbean, Canterbury were just some of the lines designed for Duncan by their first industrial designer Robert May. Post war Industrial designers James Rosati, Michael Lax, and Ben Seibel created designs for the Mid-Century Modern production.
Primary Revenue Sources
contributions and grants
Primary Fundraising Event
Annual Convention, Show and Sale
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