HISTORY OF CHALET GLASS COMPANY

By: John Hogan

 

CHALET GLASS CO. CANADA, SWIRL CRYSTAL ASH TRAY

CHALET SWIRL CRYSTAL ASH TRAY

CHALET GLASS CO. CANADA, CLOVER CRYSTAL ASH TRAY

CHALET CLOVER CRYSTAL ASH TRAY

CHALET CRANBERRY & BLUE CRYSTAL CENTERPIECE

CHALET CRANBERRY & BLUE CRYSTAL CENTERPIECE

CHALET ELECTRIC GREEN  CRYSTAL BOWL, C. 1955-80

CHALET ELECTRIC GREEN CRYSTAL BOWL

CHALET ORANGE FLUTED GLASS CENTERPIECE

CHALET ORANGE FLUTED GLASS CENTERPIECE






CHALET GLASS



Once people saw this kind of glass for sale in stores, everyone had to have a piece or two to decorate the glass coffee table or the chrome kitchen table. It just gave that special lift everyone was looking for. It brightened up the kitchen as the sunlight shone throughout the kitchen window and danced off on these glass pieces and sprayed ribbons of color across the room. Of course it was happy! Whether a piece of this glass was displayed on a mantle, kitchen table or bedroom bureau, it did not matter; it just brought an aura of beauty, peace and pleasantness to any room graced by its presence.



Glass has captured many, from the kings and queens of England and other countries to the presidents of the United States to the World wide. Glass never ceases to amaze. Glass just seems to have an effect on everyone who looks at or touches it. It is emotional!



This is definitely the effect that this glass had on many. First of all, when it was first produced, it was sold at fairly reasonable prices, but not necessarily cheap, on the other hand not expensive. So whoever liked it, could manage to buy a piece. From this perspective, it was a guaranteed success.


Well now we know some of its origin and inspiration and from whence it came. From researching, listening to some collectors and dealers alike who have diversified opinions?, I am of the opinion one gathers better research on his own through reading, travelling, visiting glass houses (factories) and museums than to rely on hearsay of the uninformed. I have always been an avid researcher and enjoy digging up the best possible information that I can and then analyze it before disseminating it. On many occasions it is not always easy to find accurate details as any researcher knows. However one always uses discretion when eliminating the possibilities of any situation. The same goes for research. One has to eliminate the half truths or fabrication from the reality of the situation and logically come to a correct analysis.



Chalet Glass Company presumably started in Montreal about 1960 or so and about 1963 moved to Cornwall, Ontario. From research, I gather that the Chalet factory operated here until around 1981 and was eventually sold to a glass company by the name of Rossi Artistic Glass Inc. situated in Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. So this was the end of Chalet as we knew it.





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