Antique Cut Glass Tumbler

Acquiring a Real Antique Cut Glass Tumbler

 What Is an Antique Cut Glass Tumbler?


Antique SET 2 HC FRY GLASS Etched Rose Pattern ICE TEA TUMBLER
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Two Matching Antique Cut Glass Tumblers
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Antique Vintage European Cut Glass Whiskey Tumbler Czech
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ANTIQUE BRILLIANT CUT GLASS ETCHED FLOWERS 12 Glasses Hi Ball Tumbler Stars
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Antique Clark GREEK KEY Flower Hobstar Cut Glass Tumbler ABP Hallmarked
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ABP Antique Brilliant Period Cut Glass Old Fashioned Tumbler Daisy Cane Meriden
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Four4 Antique Cut Glass Tumblers
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Four ANTIQUE ABP CUT GLASS CRYSTAL TUMBLERS DEEP CUT
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Antique American Brilliant Cut Glass Whiskey Decanter And 4 Tumblers
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Antique American Brilliant Cut 6 Tumblers Pinwheel THISTLE Design
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Pair of Antique Cut Glass Tumblers
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Antique American Brilliant Cut Glass Pitcher with 6 Matching Tumblers
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ANTIQUE ABP AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS CARAFE WATER WINE DECANTER w 6 TUMBLERS
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Six Antique American Brilliant Cut Glass Crystal Tumbler Glasses 35 Pinwheel
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Antique Pairpoint ABP Cut Crystal WATER CARAFE Tumbler American Brilliant
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Antique American Brilliant ABP Cut Glass Tumbler And Bowl Cut Star Design
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Antique ABP Cut Crystal Pitcher W 2 Matching Tumblers American Brilliant Period
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Cris DArques Durand Cut Glass ANTIQUE 6 Crystal Clear Coolers Tumblers FOUR
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ANTIQUE ABP CUT CRYSTAL PITCHER AND 6 TUMBLERS SIGNED LIBBEY RARE STUNNING
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Antique Bohemian tumbler beaker ruby stained clear cut glass painted flowers
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Antique Bohemian Cut Glass Double Overlay Beaker Tumbler Blue White Clear
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Antique Bohemian Biedermeier Cut Glass Tumbler Beaker Green to Clear
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An antique cut glass tumbler was popularly made in America. Cut glass originally started at Rome around 1600s but became really popular later in America and was then considered the worldwide leader in making of cut glass. This type of glass was made as opposed to the European lines being brought to the United States. This took place around 1880 and ended in the early 1900s and was called the “Brilliant Period”.

An antique cut glass tumbler became attractive because it reflected the light across the dining table. It was very expensive and became the representation of social standings of people who bought it.

Cut glass was usually in groups. For example, wine flasks came with tumblers, fruit bowls came with 4 or 6 smaller bowls, and candlesticks came in sets of four.

How to Recognize a Real Antique Cut Glass

  • Research about several cutting houses and their signatures. Different cutting houses have different styles. Each of their products possesses a unique name or number.
  • Be familiar with their trademarks. Knowing the trademarks of several cutting houses lets you quickly recognize the manufacturer and production date of the cut glass.       
  • Examine the condition of the cut glass.  It should be free from any pleats since these should have been polished out during the production process. It should also be clear and bright with deep cuts.
  • Tap it with your finger. American cut glass produces a long-lasting ringing since most of it is made from lead crystal.

 The best way to figure out if a cut glass item is older and more valuable is to inspect them in person along with a trained professional. Money is surely going to be involved if you want to get the best items. An ideal way to start is by going to a popular antique show where American Brilliant pieces such as the antique cut glass tumbler are exhibited.