1904 McKEE Glass Fentec Cream & Sugar Set

1904 McKEE Glass Fentec Cream & Sugar Set
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You are viewing a beautiful 1904 McKEE Glass FENTEC Cream & Sugar Set.

The 1904 McKEE Glass FENTEC Sugar Bowl measures 6 ¼ inches from handle to handle and stands 3-1/8 inches in height. The McKee Glass Fentec measures 5-3/8 inches from handle to spout and stands 3-5/8 inches in height.

Both pieces of this1904 McKEE Glass FENTEC Cream & Sugar Set are in excellent antique condition, with the glass being clear and sparkling. The only defects noted are the sugar bowl having one chip at the base, the creamer has 2-3 tiny chips on three different saw teeth at the top.

Nothing major and hardly noticeable.

Both the pieces of the 1904 McKEE Glass FENTEC Cream & Sugar Set have the "Pres-Cut" mark in the center, with the sugar bowls' being more pronounced.

A Little History

McKee Glass Company began its life as McKee and Brothers Glass Works in Pittsburgh, PA in 1853. The factory later moved to Jeannette, PA, which was founded by H. Sellers McKee and named for his wife. In 1901, the National Glass Company took over the factory and ran it as McKee Glass until 1904. In 1904, National leased the factory to McKee-Jeannette Glass Company. It is this company that launched the patterns we now call the “tec” patterns.

The Introduction of the Patterns

In 1904, McKee was granted a patent for the Pres-Cut trademark. The trademark was used on pressed glassware that imitated the fine cut glass of the time. McKee introduced its new line with two patterns that had already been part of the line under National — Aztec and Toltec.

This new marketing approach was very successful as the line quickly gained popularity. Later that same year McKee added another former National pattern to the Pres-Cut line — Nortec. Fentec, the first McKee-designed pattern, was the next to be added. It also turned out to be the longest produced “Tec” pattern. Fentec can be seen in McKee catalogs as late as 1942. Two more patterns, Sextec and Bontec, were introduced in 1906.

The introduction of new “Tec” patterns slowed down in the years between 1908 and 1912, as the company once again reorganized, becoming the McKee Glass Company in 1908. While new Pres-Cut patterns were added during this time, only Yutec was named using the “Tec” suffix.

1913 brought new activity to the “Tec” line. Between 1913 and 1915, eleven more patterns were added to the line: Bontec, Glentec, Carltec, Doltec, Plytec, Plutec, Quintec, Rotec, Startec, Valtec, and Wiltec.

Note: Some authors give 1894 as the date for some of the “Tec” patterns. It may be that some of these patterns were made at that time, however, documentation is conflicting. It is known that these patterns were called by their “Tec” names and added to the Pres-Cut line after 1904.

Identifying “Tec” Patterns

Many, but not all, “Tec” patterns are found with a Pres-Cut trademark.

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