Vol. 3, No. 1, Tuesday February 28, 2006
|by dick bales|
More and more bottle and shot glass collectors have
come to appreciate the fine glass craftsmanship of George Truog, the owner and founder of the Maryland Glass Etching Works of Cumberland,
Truog is known, of course, for his novelty glasses
such as his "Night Cap," "Eye Opener," and the various "Donít Drown the"
glasses. He is also the designer of several "German Baptist Conference"
glasses. But Truogís novelty and conference glasses represent just a
fraction of his work. He also manufactured "commercial" shot glasses as
well. These branded whiskey glasses are scattered all over the Internet,
and so I thought that it might be interesting to try to gather them all
in one place. The information about Truog and these glasses comes from
Daleís book, Robinís article, and the pre-pro website.
Unfortunately, only a few Truog glasses are signed. In order to identify unsigned Truog glasses, we must examine known examples of Truogís work and compare them to other glasses and look for similarities.
So just what is the "unmistakable look" of a Truog glass? When you see all these glasses pictured together, you start to see a pattern. You realize that Truog was not only a fan of leaves and flowers; he also liked transparent lettering and bold, jagged, almost abstract letters. Personally, I think that the classic commercial Truog glass is the Black Hawk Rye glass that is pictured above. Note that all of the lettering is transparent. Note that Truog combines block lettering (Louis Loeb) with slanted lettering (Rock Island). Look at the close-up photograph of the "GT"; notice how jagged and "rough" the "&" is and how abstract and jumbled the "Co." is. There are leaves around the edges. Now look at the bold transparent lettering of the "Davis & Drake" glass and the leaves in the corners. Look at the glass next to it, the Melville Pure Rye glass. Even though this lettering is not transparent, the combination of block (Melville Pure Rye) and slanted (Chicago) words, the rough jagged lettering, and the jumbled abstract logo, still virtually scream, "Truog."
Many shot collectors look forward to reading Robinís "Shot of the Week"
on the pre-pro website. Past articles include references to possible
Truog commercial glasses.
The September 26, 2005, issue comments on a James Clark Distilling Company glass. This glass comes from Cumberland, and Robin notes that it is a Truog glass.
To be continued......
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