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Cut glass market brittle except for the finest examples

Post Time:Dec 26,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:267

The golden age of American Brilliant cut glass was 1876 to 1917. In that span, factories such as Libbey Glass in Ohio, Pairpoint in Massachusetts, Hawkes in Corning, N.Y., and Dorflinger in Pennsylvania produced intricately cut glass of such beauty that the like has not been seen again. And those were just the majors.

The reader is a smart collector to ID the piece as cut, not mold pressed glass. Molded glass using similar patterns was the downmarket, less expensive version of cut glass.

American brilliant was renowned, and stellar pieces won big at world Expos.

The glass was a luxury item, and everyone wanted a cut bowl or carafe, a tray or table piece. But it was labor intensive to make and expensive to buy. Ownership inferred that the owner had achieved entrance to the leisure, consuming class.

Two factors contributed to the industry: Newly found U.S. deposits of high-grade silica and emigration of European glass makers and cutters to America. Glass cutting became a competitive art as each strove to outdo the others.

Basically, a glass blank was created, then it was cut by hand using a cutting wheel. Individual patterns designed to show artistry became company characteristics. A really good eye could spot a piece from Hawkes or Clark by the pattern. Some pieces were signed, some not.

To view the best, visit the site of the American Cut Glass Association,

Source: www.chicagotribune.comAuthor: shangyi

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