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.

Nice VINTAGE CURRIER AND IVES 5 PIECE SET Medium 4 3 4 DRINKING GLASSES
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3 VINTAGE GOLD LEAF SHOT GLASSES MID CENTURY BAR WARE
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Vintage Fred Press Glassware
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Vintage Culver Glasses Blue Green White Color Block Gold Mid Century Set Of 11
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VINTAGE CERA THE WORLD NAUTICAL MAP 4 GLASSES 22K GOLD
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4 Vtg Dorothy Thorpe 3 4 Silver Band Glasses Highball Tumbler 5 5 8 Tall
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Vintage Retro Reflection Hazelware Avocado Beverage Set Pitcher and 6 Glasses
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Vintage Juice Pitcher and oj cups complete set
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Vintage Mid Century Modern Tall Glasses Red Blue Set Of 5
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VINTAGE BILL FLORES SET OF 4 DRINKING GLASSES
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Vintage Mid Century Bartlett Collins Hand Painted Blue Tulip Vases Fluted Top 4
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Single Square Glasbake Lipton Pastel Mug Vintage Retro Coffee Soup Mug Cup Pink
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4 VINTAGE ANCHOR HOCKING GLASS FIRE KING JADITE JANE RAY COFFEE CUPS
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5 Vintage Mid Century Fire King Milk Glass Glamalite Tumblers Rubber Glitter 50s
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Lot of 11 Vintage MCM Barware Tumblers Gold Atomic Starburst Snowflake Glasses
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Vintage Anchor Hocking Fire King Oven Ware Seafoam Green Swirl 7 Mixing Bowl
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5 Vintage BLENDO LAVENDER PURPLE FROSTED TUMBLERS GOLD TRIM Mid Century Bar Ware
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Vintage Anchor Hocking Strawberry Drinking Glasses 8 In all Great Colors
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Vintage 60s Silver Rim Topaz 6 Glasses Ice Bucket With Chrome Caddy
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Fire King Turquoise D Handle Mug Blue Coffee Cup Glass Vintage
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Vintage Culver 22 kt gold beverage glasses scroll diamond pattern
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Vintage Mid Century Modern Red Green Geometric Squares Drinking Glasses Set of 4
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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.