Vintage Glassware

Many people enjoy collecting vintage glassware, and the number of serious collector’s is burgeoning. The “Cut Glass Association” was launched in the late 1970’s with just a few collectors, and today the organization numbers several thousand members.

Hobbyists disagree about how old a piece of glassware must be to be considered “vintage,” but most experts feel that the time period is between 50-100 years. Cut glass has been produced for centuries, but only became popular in the 1800’s. During that period of time, people oil lamps and candles. It was discovered that cut glass reflected light. The glassware reflected the colors of the flowers and other ornaments, as it sent glittering rays of light over the table.

Vintage Set of 8 Mid Century Modern HIGH BALL Barware DRINK GLASSES W CARRIER
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Vintage MCM Atomic Starburst Glass Cocktail Pitcher Mixer Bar Swizzle Sticks
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Vintage Anchor Hocking Fire King Blue Azurite Swirl 4 Coffee Cups
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Vintage Fire King Jadite Milk Pitcher Bead and Bar
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8 Culver Coronet Highball Glasses Gold Vintage MidCentury Barware Glassware Set
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Michigan FROSTED TUMBLERS Mackinac Bridge LOT of 4 Vintage Iced Tea Glasses USA
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Vintage Anchor Hocking Style Bird Glasses Cups Bluejay Cardinal Chickadee Set
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VINTAGE GREEN GLASS GLASSWARE SET
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Vintage Bartlett Collins Turquoise Orchard creamer and sugar bowl Excellent
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Culver ltd Glassware 22K Gold Prado Vintage Cocktail Set w Decanter
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Vintage Henry Miller Kraftware Clear Insulated Drinking Glasses Modern Barware
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Vintage Midcentury Glasbake Milk Glass Square Mugs Set of 5 Lipton Retro
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Vintage Red Gold Tumblers Iced Tea Glasses Thai Dancers Set of 6
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6 Vintage Mid Century Retro Turquois White Rooster Kitchen Glasses Tumblers
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Vintage Seneca Driftwood Avocado Casual Green Footed Goblets Set of 5 VERY NICE
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Small Punch Bowl Set Pink Glass Vintage
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Vintage Greek Look Bar Glasses With Shaker Lot Collectible Glassware Lot
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STUNNING VINTAGE SET 6 SUSSMUTH GERMANY 3 1 4 Tall 2 3 4 Wide COCKTAIL GLASSES
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Vintage Couroc Hopi Kachina Glasses Old Fashioned Rocks Mid Century California 4
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4pc Vintage Tastesetter Glassware Black Striped Frosted Collins Highball Glasses
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Libbey’s Glass and American Glass were among the most prominent manufacturers of cut glass in the mid-to-late 1800’s. Libbey’s made their first glass in the late summer of 1888. By the end of the 19th century, it was the largest cut glass company in the U.S. In 1893, Libbey’s Glass had a pavilion all their own at the Chicago World’s Fair. The company won the gold medal for its cut and engraved glassware.

American Glass made the Brilliant line from the mid-1890’s until 1908, and it continued to be a favorite until about 1925. Brilliant cut glass is thick with deep engravings; it shimmers when it reflects light. Each company had many different patterns, and each pattern had several motifs. In the early 20th century, most cut glass had strawberry diamond, hobstar, and fan motifs. A few all-time favorite glass patterns are Anchor Hocking, Early American, Fire King Swirl and Blue Mosaic.

One of the most effective ways to learn about vintage glass is through reference books. The best ones are books about specific manufacturers, and books that include the history of the time period in which the various patterns and motifs were made. Some examples are "Glassware Pattern Identification Guide," "Stemware of the 20th century: Top 200 patterns,” and “Libbey Glass - Since 1818,” by Carl Fauster.