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.

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Vintage Set of 3 Jadite Cannisters in Crissross Pattern w lids
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Set of 4 Vintage 1950s Retro Culver Tumbler Glasses 22K Trivia MINT Condition
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Vintage Etched Old Fashioned Rocks Low Ball Glasses Set of 6 Circa 1960s Whiskey
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VINTAGE LIGHT BLUE MOD SOUR CREAM GLASS SET OF 3 MID CENTURY KITCHEN RETRO
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4 Vintage Culver Cat Tumbler Gold Glasses Mid Century Kitty MCM
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Clear Glass Crystal Vintage 4 tier Serving Tidbit Party Tray Dish
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Vintage Maid Of Honor Glasbake 5 1 2 Mixing Soup Lot of 2 Bowls Blue Flowers
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Culver Barware Vintage Very Rare 2 Glasses
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Vintage Mid Century Modern Silver Glassware Set of 12 Mint 11 oz Fleur De Lis
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SET OF 4 GEORGES BRIARD SNOWMAN DOUBLE OLD FASHIONED GLASSES VINTAGE
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Vintage Mid Century Lot of Gold Rimmed glassware 8 Large 7 Small Desert EC
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6 RUSSEL WRIGHT Oneida Pinch Glasses Tumblers Smoke Gray mcm barware vtg bar
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Set of 5 Vintage Pagoda Volcano Glasses Red Gold Design
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Vintage Glassware
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3 EXCELLENT VINTAGE ETCHED STARBURST WINE WATER GOBLETS
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Vintage Set of 4 Unsigned Culver Christmas Tree Snowflake Frosted Gold Glasses
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SET OF 4 VINTAGE CERA THE BASIC SWING GOLF GLASSES MID CENTURY MODERN LOWBALL
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Vintage MCM Culver Red Gold Paisley Old Fashioned Bar Glasses Ice Bucket Tongs
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Vintage Double Shot Glasses Lot 4 Gold Purple Mid Century Nice Barware Bar MCM
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2 Vintage Pyrorey Dynaware Milk glass Oven ware Handled Bowls Brown Daisy
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Vintage Christmas Carolers Frosted Glass Tumblers 8 Different Countries Nice
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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.