Museum to showcase 200 years of Libbey Glass production

Libbey Glass Company (American 1892-1919), Punch Bowl and stand with 23 cups, thick colorless glass, overall: 21 1/2 x 23 7/8 x 23 7/8 in. (54.6 x 60.6 x 60.6 cm), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio), Gift of Libbey Glass Company, division of Owens-Illinois Glass Company, 1946.27A-Y

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The Toledo Museum of Art is planning an exhibit to mark 200 years of Libbey Glass.

The museum founded by the Libbey family in 1901 features an extensive glass collection.

Many of those items and others will be part of an exhibit opening on May 4 called “Celebrating Libbey Glass.”

Among the items it will feature are lamps, vases, pitchers, goblets, paperweights and the museum’s famed Libbey Punch Bowl (shown at top).

The glassmaker’s roots go back to in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it began 200 years ago. The company moved to Toledo in 1888 and later changed its name to the Libbey Glass Company.

Its presence in Ohio helped give Toledo its nickname “The Glass City.”

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Libbey Inc., and the Ohio Arts Council.

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