Pilgrim Glass Company

Industrial / West Virginia

The Pilgrim Glass Company formerly operated a former hand-blown glass factory in Ceredo, West Virginia.

Alfred Knobler founded the Pilgrim Glass Company after he acquired the Tri-State Glass Manufacturing Company of Huntington in 1949. 1 Knobler held a degree in ceramic engineering and the movement into glass was lucrative. Pilgrim Glass moved to Airport Road in Ceredo in 1956 to be close to Tri-State Airport.

Early production pieces of Pilgrim included hand-blown crackle glass, which was created by immersing the glass into cold water and then quickly reheating it. 1 Cranberry glass, a temperamental combination of gold and lead oxide, led Pilgrim Glass to become the largest producer of cranberry in the world.

After a steady decline in sales and an inability to find a buyer, Knobler closed Pilgrim Glass on April 1, 2002. 1

  1. “HISTORY OF Pilgrim Glass Co. of Huntington West Virginia.” Antiquarian. N.p., 2009. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.