Lifetime China Prairie Wheat Gold Golden Accent Crystal Glasses Stemware
Homer Laughlin Lifetime Crystal Glasses and Stemware
Homer Laughlin Lifetime crystal glasses and stemware is a wonderful investment. In his " Prairie Wheat" gold accent pattern you have the following pieces pilsners, 8-3/8, water goblets, sherbet cups, wine goblets, juice goblets, champagne, cordials, and many more types of glasses and stemware. These are mid-century designs made in America of fine crystal and highlighted with 24k gold trim of the " Prairie Wheat" design from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
The Homer Laughlin China Company was first known as the Laughlin Pottery Company in East Liverpool, Ohio. Laughlin Pottery Company was started in 1871 by two brothers Shakespeare Laughlin and Homer Laughlin, however Shakespeare Laughlin later left the company in 1879 to work on other ventures. In 1889, William Wells joined Homer and seven years later the two would incorporate the company. In the 1920s the Ohio site closed down it china production and only made glass stemware. The china factory was replaced by the new china plant in West Virginia. The Stemware made in Alliance Ohio was at first a specialty item that went along with the china patterns that they produced. However the stemware was very well made and of a superior quality and is now becoming quite collectable. The Homer Laughlin Company produced the Golden Wheat design between 1949 and 1966. The stemware that went along with this china was very popular in the 1950s and was made of the finest crystal glass at the Laughin Lifetime Stemware factory in Alliance Ohio and was sold as companion stemware pieces for the Golden Harvest china design at the Laughin China factory in West Virginia.
Lifetime "PRAIRIE GOLD" Stemware Water Goblets made by Homer Laughlin with 24k Gold Accents
This Stemware has a very Simple an Elegant Look
The Prairie Gold stemware was made for the china pattern with the same name that was made by Homer Laughlin and was marketed by the Lifetime China Company from Alliance, Ohio. These vintage stemware pieces are dated from the 1950s. Homer Laughlin’s beautiful 24k Lifetime stemware is adorned in gold by shafts of golden wheat and matching gold rims. This stemware has a very simple an elegant look. Even though the glassware was also produced to match this classic pattern it goes well with all china patterns from this era.
Bases are solid and the pattern matches the golden harvest china. The water goblets in the photo above are 5-7/8" inches tall and 2 5/8 inches across the rims. This stemware makes Great companion pieces for many china patterns and these are well made and strong and are an excellent high in crystal stemware. Glasses are not dishwasher safe and should be washed by hand with mild soap to protect the 24k gold. Edwin Knowles help in the design work and manufacture of these wonderful glasses.
Drinking Champagne in the 1950s, Prairie Wheat Lifetime Crystal Stemware
Lifetime "PRAIRIE GOLD” Sherbet or Champagne Stemware
Pilsners made by Homer Laughlin
In the video below are vintage Lifetime Pilsners made by Homer Laughlin with the 24k "PRAIRIE GOLD" pattern showing how they would Drink Beer in the 1950s, Budweiser Beer in two Lifetime Prairie Wheat Gold Golden Accent Crystal Glasses Stemware Pilsners, 8-3/8" tall ... The narrow flared design of theses elegant Pilsners from the 1950s are perfect for showcasing any effervescent lager beer. This design helps to concentrate the bubbles and accentuate the aroma, which will please the most discriminating beer connoisseurs. Ideal for the finest dining establishments, or dining at home, and they can provides your guests with a beer presentation they won’t forget; theses elegant 1950s Pilsners have the ideal capacities for bottle or draft service.
Four Vintage Lifetime Prairie Gold Wheat "BEER" Pilsners
This Pattern was made during the Golden Age of Stemware
This pattern was made during the golden age of toasting glasses. The Prairie Gold Pattern by Lifetime China in Alliance Ohio has a remarkable history and a pedigree that shows the golden age of American made stemware from the mid-century of the last century. This design has the rare stem that is a fluted column with a rounded ball accent. The coupes have an exquisite 24K gold rim and a wheat pattern around the bowl. The wheat pattern was very popular in this ear especially in the 1950s. It stood for a time of plenty. These are the symbol of the American Eisenhower era 1950s and they have a history that has stood the test of time. The crystal glasses coupes are pressed high quality crystal glass. The Golden wheat design is a lovely stemware with great accent for a celebration, or dinner party for drinking and toasting, and to give beauty to a dinner table.
Lifetime Stemware by Homer Laughlin & Noritake Christmas Ball #175
Four Vintage Stemware’s in the Prairie Gold Design
The Lifetime China and Stemware was based in Alliance, Ohio
The Lifetime China and Stemware was based in Alliance, Ohio, was also known as one of the sales organizations of the Cunningham & Pickett Group of Alliance Ohio this company with its American made crystal stemware was known to be the best made stemware in the United States in the 1950s. The Lifetime brand was a distributor of dinnerware and stemware, not a manufacturer. The factory in Alliance Ohio that made the Golden Harvest stemware was owned by the Homer Laughlin Company. Their products were distributed from 1953 through 1968, with most of these stemware products being made for the Homer Laughlin China Company exclusively. Most Lifetime Golden Harvest china and stemware bares a pattern name as part of the back stamp. The stemware is so detailed made in its design that it also makes identification very easy for the new collector.
Lifetime Prairie Gold Wheat Sherbet Champagne Goblets Glasses
These are very Sophisticated Glasses
These are very sophisticated glasses and were made to be excellent stemware for dinner parties and celebrations. These amazing glasses have such beautiful 24k golden painted gold decals and golden look of the awesome wheat design is outstanding; being made in the 1950s the cystal glass is very pure, clear and shiny, a true American made classic.
These are the symbol of the American Eisenhower 1950s
Lifetime Prairie Gold Wheat Stemware made in Alliance Ohio
The Early History of Crystal and Glass
Crystal and Glass making has fascinated many cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. The earliest examples we have of glass are from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. It was due to the favorable conditions in Egypt for preservation of artifacts that we have many wonderful examples of glassware, some of which were imported from other cultures such as the ones found in Mesopotamia, India and China. Egyptians are credited with the invention of the blowpipe, which the Greeks and the Romans subsequently adopted and used to create remarkable glass not only for tableware and decorative use, but also for home and public constructing use such as windows and decorative tiles for walls and floors. In the Roman controlled world of the time of Christ, glass became an inexpensive option that could be compared to pottery. It was in the city of Alexandria Egypt that crystal like glass was discovered around 100 AD., but it would take many more years before pure crystal stemware that we know today would be developed.
In the beginning of the 13th century the glassware industry began to develop full speed in cities like Venice in Italy. Constantinople the ancient capital of the Byzantium was another city of great glass production, and in the early 1500 century the Venetian skilled glass artisans developed vibrant colored glass. Venetians also discovered a method for producing a clean crystal like glass that was transparent and very clear. The German states of the Renaissance era around the latter part of the 1500 century further improved the product by replacing soda ash with potash and lime creating what is called pure Bohemian Glass. The British glass makers followed by adding lead oxide, creating what we recognize today as traditional crystal with its characteristic sparkle, weight, and ring. This crystal glass was so expensive only royalty could afford to have it on their tables. It took many more years before new mass production techniques finally made crystal glass tableware affordable for a larger percentage of the population of most nations.
Lifetime Pilsners, How they would Drink Beer in the 1950
Charming and Very Elegant Golden Harvest Pilsner
Lifetime "PRAIRIE GOLD" Stemware 6 Oz Sherbet or Champagne Glasses
The Prairie Wheat Sherbet Cup, 4-7/8" tall by 3.75"
Prairie Wheat Lifetime Wine Goblet 5-7.8" tall
The Juice Goblets, 5.75" tall in the Prairie Wheat Lifetime
The Water Goblet, 5-7/8" tall in the Prairie Wheat Lifetime
The champagne or cordial, 5" tall in the Prairie Wheat Lifetime
The Pilsner, 8-3/8" tall in the Prairie Wheat Lifetime
Prairie Gold Wheat Stemware Pilsners, Water and Shot Glass
Glenn Waters (author) on October 31, 2015:
Thank you Taranwander, many of of folks that grew up in the 1950s and 1960s remember their mothers setting large dinner parties with table clothes, fine china, real silverware, and countless different types of stemware, and heaven help the child that did not know the difference from a wine glass or juice glass. By the time my children were born in the 1990s the world had changed around the dinner table. The world of the 1950s and 1960s seemed so much more elegant and refine to me now.
Taranwanderer on October 31, 2015:
Beautiful stuff for the dinner table. My wife would love these - I'd never even heard of "stemware" before reading this hub.
Glenn Waters (author) on October 02, 2015:
A good place to sell your stemware is eBay, folks are starting to collect stemware again :)
Stacy pack on October 01, 2015:
I have some to sell.
Chantelle Porter from Ann Arbor on September 10, 2015:
It was. I remember my parents were always having friends over for cards and cocktails. Good times.
Glenn Waters (author) on September 10, 2015:
Yes Chantelle, I really enjoy my barware as well, and I think that folks really enjoyed living back in the 1950s and 1960s everything was so elegant and tasteful. :)
Chantelle Porter from Ann Arbor on September 10, 2015:
I buy and sell mcm barware so I really enjoyed this article. Glad to have met a kindred spirit.
Glenn Waters (author) on March 09, 2015:
Sometimes these glasses are listed on EBay. But you have to check almost weekly because they go so fast. You are correct they are very elegant and go with so many different styles of china. Thank you for your comment.
Barbara on March 06, 2015:
I am looking for the tea and water glasses. I'd be so happy if someone could help me add to my collection. My mother collected these from a grocery store that gave them away with groceries, based on purchases. They are so elegant. I get compliments every time I use them with company.
With 8 of us in the household, Mom bought a lot of groceries! I love my set.