From the Publisher
"Unearthed" at last alongside a collection of shards is the most current and comprehensive volume available on Model Flint Albany glass. Compiled by a returned businessman-turned-collector, the book attempts to sort the facts from the fictions, its findings largely authenticated by a collection of shards which were found at the Albany factory site. Author Ron Teal, Sr. tells of how his becoming hooked on antiques led to an up close and personal relationship with this little-known glass company, resulting in Albany Glass: Model Flint Glass Company of Albany, Indiana.
This story follows Model Flint from its beginnings in Findlay, Ohio in 1888, to its establishment as one of Albany, Indiana's prospering private industries. Drawn by the Gas Boom's offer of plentiful land and free gas, Model Flint first established itself as one of the major tableware producers in Findlay. in 1893, Findlay's gas shortage caused he company to relocate to Albany where it continued production until National closed it down in 1902. Operating there from 1893-1902, the Model Flint Glass Co. (later, the Model Flint Glass Works) produced a variety of glass patterns, leaving behind a legacy of scarce to rare tableware pieces. It was while operating within the consolidated National Glass Co. that Albany produced its opalescent shades, stripe and swirl patterns, and colored opaque glass, as well as other unique pieces of interest. Its colors ranged from rare cobalt blue to unique canary opalescent.
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About the Author
Indiana native Ron Teal sold his wholesale automotive business in February, 1990 at the age of 48. After 25 years as a business owner and manager, the demands and sacrifices urged Teal to reture. Knowing he and his wife Barbara would finally have time to spend together, they began searching for a common hobby. In 1991, after learning that antiques were a good, lucrative investment, they bought a box of reasonably priced Depression glassware at an auction, and that's where their collection began. One month later, while discussing their collection over a meal at a restaurant in downtown Albany, they were approached by another patron asking them if they had any Albany glass. "What's Albany glass?" asked Ron. The rest is history.
Learning that Albany glass had been made in his own hometown from 1893-1902, and knowing that it was an elusive collectible, Ron accepted the search as his personal challenge. Occasionally, he would stumble upon a piece of Albany, and once the doors were opened, he began to find clues everywhere. In 1992, he teamed up with Mike Mavis and began researching the company's history with the long-term goal of writing this book.
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