The Hawkes Company was founded in 1880 by Thomas Gibbons Hawkes in Corning, New York. Hawkes focused exclusively on cutting and engraving glassware blanks obtained from outside factories such as Steuben, A. H. Heisey, and Libbey. Various decorating methods were used to create intricate designs from floral patterns to animal scenes. Hawkes featured their designs on stemware, punch bowls, decanters, martini pitchers, ice buckets and many other glass products. The company enjoyed great success until after WWII when Samuel Hawkes, the son of Thomas Hawkes decided to retire. At this time, the company began to experience financial loss and ceased operations in 1962. Some of the patterns and equipment were bought by Tiffin Glass Company. Currently, Crystal Traditions, a company established by a former Tiffin employee, owns the Hawkes trademark and continues to use some of the Hawkes Company’s cut crystal patterns.