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.


Set of 7 Vintage Yellow Flower Power Drinking Glasses Retro MCM Mod Pop Art
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Vintage Blendo Lime Green Gold Rim Frosted Dessert Salad Bowls Set 4 SHIP FREE
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Vintage Mid Century Dorothy Thorpe Creamer Silver Band Rim Collectible Mad Men
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Vintage Fire King Snoopy Ice Cream Dreams Anchor Hocking Cup Mug 1958
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4 Vintage Pastel Striped Drinking Glasses Tumblers Ice Tea Water 14 ounces
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vintage mid century 5champagne glasses
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Vintage Mid Century Dorothy Thorpe Candy Dish With Lid Silver Band Rim Mad Men
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Vintage Culver Ltd Toledo Black and Gold Cocktail Glasses Set of 8
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Vintage Set of 5 Mid Century Parfait Glasses Black Gold Pattern
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Vintage Colored Glassware
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Mini Vintage Black Satin Fan and Feather Punch Bowl Set NR
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Anchor Hocking Swirl Jadite Shell Salad Plate Fire King Vintage 7 1 4
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Vintage Mid Century Dorothy Thorpe Silver Polka Dot 55 Tumblers Glasses Set 6
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VINTAGE SAILBOAT PAINT DECAL BREAKFAST JUICE SET PITCHER W 12 JUICE GLASSES
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Vintage Retro Hildi Set of 3 Vegetable Graphics 12 oz Glasses Anchor Hocking
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Vintage Indiana Glass Amber Bowl Yellow 12 Petal Lotus Flower Large Mid Century
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Vintage Set 5 Georges Briard Firenza Blue 22K Gold Drinking Glasses Lowball MCM
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Vintage Culver Glass Polk Dots Barware In Carrier
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Vintage Glass Jars MCM Apothecary Vanity Gold Striped With Lids Set of 2 Prop
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Vintage Antique Old Lot of 7 Wine Cordial Glasses Gold Stem Blue Amber Green
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Vintage Mid Century Dorothy Thorpe Silver Band Rim Glass Bowls Set Of 3 Mad Men
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LOT OF 4 VINTAGE RED ROOSTER DRINKING 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.