|Mckee "Tec" patterns - Fenton, L.E. Smith & Others|
|McKee Glass moved to Westmoreland County PA in 1888 and the town of Jeannette (named for Mr. Mckee's wife) was built around the factory. Then it was known as McKee and Brothers Glass Company, a firm out of Pittsburgh that had been making glass since 1834. About 1904 they became the McKee Glass Company. They began making pressed glass that emulated the fine cut glass of the period. These pieces were often marked "PresCut". Within the PresCut line Mckee eventually had 18 known patterns ending with the "tec" letters.
The molds passed through several companies, eventually ending up with Fenton and L.E. Smith who used them to make contemporary era carnival glass. Some rare pieces of classic era carnival are found in a "tec" pattern but most examples of "Tec" pattern carnival glass will be contemporary.
Here are the 18 known Mckee "tec" patterns : Aztec, Bontec, Carltec, Doltec, Fentec, Glentec, Martec, Nortec, Plutec, Plytec, Quintec, Rotec, Sextec, Startec, Toltec, Valtec, Wiltec, Yutec
The ones bolded have been found in Contemporary Carnival Glass and are discussed below.
Aztec was first made in contemporary glass by L.E. Smith when they made the covered butterdish. Fenton then made several Aztec items including this tumbler and pitcher in the photo to the left. There is also an Aztec toothpick holder, a water jug and other bowls made by Fenton, as well as, a sugar and creamer made by L. E. Smith. Mckee originally advertised this pattern as Sunburst and then changed the name to Aztec, so this pattern is referred to with both names.
Valtec tumblers and a water pitcher are pictured above. L.E. Smith produced Valtec water sets in the various colors shown.
Made in a contemporary punch set by L.E. Smith.
Made in a blue pitcher / jug by Fenton. It is 5 1/2 inches tall, has a 3 3/4 inch base and is 8 1/4 iches from spout to handle. It is marked on the inside bottom with a scripted capital "F" inside an oval. This jug appears in the 1987 - 1988 Fenton catalog. Fenton called this pattern Plytec but it is Mckee's Plutec.
To the left is an original Martec compote in crystal and next to it is a photo out of the 1986-87 Fenton catalog for their "Marquette" comport in blue carnival.