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Akro Agate Company

  Akro Agate Company (Database Gallery)

Founded in 1910 in Akron, Ohio.
Moved in 1914 to Clarksburg, WestVirginia
Closed in 1951

Akro Agate Company of Clarksburg, West Virginia is famous as the maker of a special type of glass that consists of combining colors together to produce a "marbelized" product called marbles.  At one time, these multi-colored tiny balls of rolling glass was the rave toy game played, traded and prized by children everywhere. The largest marbles were called "aggies" and they were especially desirable. This famous game was played by drawing a circle or hole in the sand and competing for marbles by winning them.   Today, marbles is still a widely played game. 

Many beautiful and prized marbles, most of which made by Akro Agate, are now collected by type and style or used in jewelry; especially rings.

From 1932-1951, Akro produced distinctive dinnerware products and children's dish sets.  Most of this product has deep opaque colors or marbelizations but they also had transparents too.  Some of the famous styles include concentric rings, wide vertical ribbing and/or both forms on the same piece.  Winged, solid handles on cups, sugars and creamers are almost always distinctively Akro.  Some moulds were embossed with floral or deco formations.  Akro Agate dinnerware today is considered depression glass.

"Identification of Akro Agate items can usually be ascertained by the presence of the fetching company trademark, "A-kro" with marbles in its beak and claws.  The mark was not always used, but on pieces where it is missing, the Akro colors speak for themselves." (2)

Some items have been remade from the same molds without the trademark by other parties since 1951, but Dr. Appleton has figured most of these recent items in his book, Budd Appleton's AKRO AGATE (1972, privately published), and believes the new to be distinquishable from the original." (2)

(1)  Depression Glass & American Dinnerware, Kovel, 4th Edition;
(2)  Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2, Hazel Marie Weatherman, 1st Edition.

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