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 Culver Prado Shot Glasses Lot of 4 Mid Century
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Set of 6 Vintage Glasbake Red Crab Shells Deviled Crab Baking Dish
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Vintage Glasbake Divided Dish Turquoise Atomic Starburst Dish
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Vintage Culver Seville Highball Glasses Lot of 4 Turquoise Mid Century
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Vintage Amber Glass Footed Candy Dish Beehive Bees Pattern No Lid
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4 VINTAGE GLASS TUMBLERS BARWARE GOLD GILDED FLOWERS
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Vintage Glasbake Rectangular Divided Casseroles Dish Atomic Starburst
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Vintage 6 6OZ Glasbake Custard Cup Bowl White Milk Glass Dessert Flan Baking
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Vintage Mid Century Turquoise Silver Drinking Glasses 4 Set Tea Cocktail
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Set of 4 Vintage Culver 22k Gold Seahorse Drinking Glasses
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Vintage Mid Century Culver Chantilly Table Caddy Lot SP Oil Vinegar Cruets
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Vintage 1950s West Virginia Yellow Blendo Glass Set of 4
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vintage mid century modern retro 3 tier chip dip set
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Vintage WEST VIRGINIA GLASS MONARCH BUTTERFLY gold rimmed 5 Glasses
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Set of 8 Vintage Boxed Christmas Poinsettia Holly Tumbler Glasses Never Used
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VINTAGE FIRE KING 1958 SNOOPY I HATE IT WHEN IT SNOWS ON MY FRENCH TOAST MUG
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Culver Mid Century Gold Bar Glasses Highball Tumblers Diamond Motif 12 Oz Vtg
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Vintage Glasbake Lipton Square Pastel Mugs Set Of 6
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Vintage Colored Glassware
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Vintage Jadeite Green Glass Beautiful Spoon Rest in Excellent Condition
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4 Vintage mid century orange juice Drinking Glasses 6 oz Orange And Bloosoms
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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.