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John W. Kemple

Decorative Plate, Kemple, Hand Painted Pears, Reticulated, Milk Glass, Vintage

Decorative Plate, Kemple, Hand Painted Pears, Reticulated, Milk Glass, Vintage

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  • Pattern:  Vintage Milk Glass Reticulated Plate, Hand Painted Pears, Kemple
  • Made in USA
  • Vintage:  1945 - 1960's
  • Details:  This beautiful milk glass plate is from John E. Kemple, it has wonderful hand painted pears in the center.  The border has an open-work/reticulated pattern made from antique hand-press molds, which Kemple acquired from Mannington Art Glass.  Early on Kemple made only white milk glass and a small amount of blue milk glass, we know the quality of their milk glass was excellent, due to a proprietary formula highly guarded by the Kemple family.  We absolutely love the open work design and the pretty pears on this plate!  There are no pre-drilled holes, but this one has a plate hanger, we'll keep it on and send it along to you.  
  • Material:  Milk Glass
  • Dimension:  7.25 inches in Diameter
  • Condition:  Vintage- Used.  Excellent Condition.  There are no chips, cracks, or scratches.  Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can't accept returns.  Please remember these are ANTIQUE and VINTAGE items, they are NOT new, every effort has been made to show scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. 

John E. Kemple Glassworks was founded in 1945 when John and Geraldine Kemple purchased two buildings in East Palestine Ohio.  John believed that handmade glassware was better than machine-made glass, so they purchased 246 hand-press molds from the Mannington Art Glass Company of West Virginia.  Later purchasing additional molds from McKee Company and Gill Glass Works, probably others.  In 1956, when their factory burned down, they moved to Kenova, West Virginia and continued expanding their business.  They used their molds to make glass reproductions from 1945 to 1970 when John Kemple died and Geraldine sold the molds to the Wheaton Historical Association, who continued making reproductions from 1970 - 1979 as Wheatonware and Wheatoncraft.  No more items have been made, the original moulds have been in storage since 1979.

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