The New Martinsville Glass Manufacturing Company
The New Martinsville Glass Manufacturing Company had its origin in New Martinsville, West Virginia, in 1900. Early production included hand made glassware that ranged from artistic opalescent decorative wares to oil lamps and basic crystal utilitarian designs. During the 1920's, New Martinsville was innovative in both color and design. As early as 1923 colors such as blue, black and amber were in the line. Other colors that soon followed included amethyst, green and pink. From the late 1920's and into the early 1930's new colors included Ritz Blue, Jade, Ruby and Evergreen (dark green). During the late 1920's, liquor sets, vanity sets and smoking accessories were a New Martinsville specialty. Beginning in the early 1930's dinnerware and luncheon sets were introduced. The more popular patterns included Moondrops, Radiance and Janice. Some of these patterns will be found with acid etched decorations. Near the end of World War II, in 1944, the name of the company was changed to"Viking." Viking operated until recently by utilizing both new and old moulds. Also, glassware has been made in recent years with moulds from patterns made popular by other companies such as Imperial's Candlewick.

Some of the Information for this brief history came from the book "Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2" by Hazel Marie Weatherman.