Inventory to sell, and trademark removed from moulds
Have you ever looked at a piece of Higbee Glass or Fenton Glass or Westmoreland Glass or Cambridge Glass or ANY marked glass factory piece and wondered who actually made it and when? In our efforts to downsize, we chose to remove our trademark Diamond B from all our moulds. Actually, the decision came about when someone approached us and wanted to buy our name, Boyd’s Crystal Art Glass, Inc., and buy all our moulds with our trademark on them. After a lengthy family meeting, we determined we'd rather protect our collectors than cash in and possibly jeopardize our legacy. The over-arching concern was the questionable quality of the NEW Boyd Glass--this glass might not be up to our standards. Since 1978, we have tried to build and maintain the quality in our name: Boyd Glass. A new, inexperienced owner-entrepreneur could issue inferior/seedy glass as Boyd glass, and this sub-standard ware could easily destroy the reputation it took Bernard C., and the rest, more than 35 years to build. We decided to employ a machinist who is skillful at removing trademarks from all our 200-plus moulds. With more than 45 years' experience, he painstakingly peened out our mark and then used a grinder to smooth the cast iron surface markings. John and Bernard took the moulds apart and carried the portion of the mould with the mark to him, as he worked at the press plate. It was a bittersweet endeavor and we were sore, physically, from our efforts. This activity also insured that our glassware will retain its worth for years to come. Keeping that in mind, we are still selling inventory on our website that sports our Diamond B trademark!
Bernard will sign all our glass purchased from our website in the month of September. He uses a gold paint marker to write on the glass. Many customers have requested Bernard sign their glass, and there is no charge for this service this month.
We have a new Chick Salt in Limelight Carnival. This color is our final Chick Salt. Boyd Glass made 236 different colors of Chick Salt since 1978! The first day of fall is September 22. As we do our Fall Cleaning we have uncovered several old colors of Chick Salts and have added them to the website.
Barbara has finalized the pattern of the last Christmas hand-painted Boyd Special Train and Chick Salt. We will upload the pictures to our website as soon as possible. Both of these are in the color Mocha.
These three classic toothpick holders are generally $8-$10, but for this month they sell for $5.00. According to the Gene Florence book on Degenhart Glass, the Beaded Oval TP is a reproduction of the Michigan pattern and the Forget Me Not TP is a reproduction of the Vermont pattern by US Glass Co.
We have the following colors of Beaded Oval TP available: Clove, Cranberry, Heather, Ivory Blush, Light Limelight, Orange Glo, Peacock Blue, Royalty Slag, and Siesta.
We have the following colors of the Forget Me Not TP available: Cider, Cobaline Green, Collage, Dilemma, Light Rose, Limelight, Limelight Slag, Opaline Blue, Peridot, Root Beer, Siesta, and Vaseline.
According to the same Gene Florence book, the Heart TP is also called Sweetheart. We have the following colors of Heart TP available: Azure Blue, Blue Orchid, Clove, Cobaline Green, Cornsilk, Cranberry, Crown Tuscan, Ivory Blush, Meadow Green, Orange Glo, Peach, Purple Fizz, Purple Frost, Sunshine, and Wheat.
We will gladly add names or cross them off our list - just email us