11 inch dolphin pattern candlesticks by A.H. Heisey & Co. in Newark (photo courtesy of Meander Auctions)
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Ohio Finds: Candlesticks from Newark’s A.H. Heisey & Co.

This 11-inch pair is crafted in a dolphin design originally inspired by Venetian glass patterns. 

German-born August H. Heisey got his start in the Pittsburgh glass industry. He began working for the city’s Ripley Glass Co. but was soon driven to open his own glass house. Heisey relocated to Newark and established his eponymous glass company, which began production in 1896.

The success of A.H. Heisey & Co. came from its affordable, yet high-quality, pressed glass offered in a variety of forms and colors. The company also produced its own versions of antique glassware, among the most popular of which was this candlestick design.

Typically known as a “dolphin” pattern, the creature bears little resemblance to a dolphin, perhaps because it is based on ancient Roman depictions. Heisey acquired original 19th-century molds from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. that had been modeled on earlier Venetian candlesticks to create new molds. These new molds were then used to produce the company’s dolphin candlesticks in a variety of colors, including “Flamingo” pink and “Moongleam” green.

Sold: $204

Hollie Davis is a co-owner of Meander Auctions in Whipple, Ohio. meanderauctions.com