Higgins Glass was founded in 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, by Michael and Frances Higgins. They produced art glass and fused glass, including housewares, tableware, wall sculptures, jewelry and much more.
From 1947 until 1964, they partnered with Dearborn Glass Company and produced “higginsware”. Items included ashtrays, tableware and room dividers, with over 75 patterns produced.
In 1965, they briefly moved their base of operations to Haegar Potteries, then in 1966, opened their own studio in Riverside, Illinois, where they’ve been ever since.
Michael Higgins died in 1999 and his wife Frances died a few years later in 2004. The company is still in operation today under longtime associates, Jonathan and Louise Whimmer.
Higgins Glass Marks
higgins or the artist’s name (1948 – 1957)
Raised dancing man logo added in 1951
higgins in gold on the surface or signature in the colorway for pieces created at Dearborn or Haegar (1957 – 1965)
higgins engraved on the reverse, sometimes the artist’s name since 1966
higgins studio since Frances death in 2004
Higgins Glass Patterns, Designs
Eye Over Quad
Harlequin & Columbine
Sewed Up Box
Popular Higgins Glass
Housewares – ashtrays, candleholders, clocks, lamps
Tableware – bowls, plates, servers
Higgins Glass Value, Price Guide
High $ – Mid $$$