While cut glass has been produced for thousands of years, it reached a peak of popularity during the late 19th century in the so-called "Brilliant" period, which lasted until the early 1900s. Brilliant period cut glass, a popular wedding gift at the time, was heavy leaded glass, intricately cut with geometric patterns and prisms.
Cut glass became desirable because it reflected the light across the dinner table. During the American Brilliant period, it was referred to as "rich cut glass." It was very expensive and showed the social standing of the owners.
Most companies specialized in either making or cutting glass, and only a few did both. Some of the most prominent cut glass companies of the time were the Dorflinger Glass Compan...
Cut glass often came in sets. For example, decanters came with goblets and tumblers, candlesticks came in sets of two or four, and berry bowls came with six smaller bowls. Other cut glass collectibles include ice cream trays, casserole dishes, cake plates, and fingerbowls.
During the Edwardian period, cut glass became lighter, thinner, and engraved. The Brilliant cut glass was no longer as fashionable or desirable. Cut glass decreased in popularity during World War I, and with Prohibition, many companies, such as Dorflinger, went out of business.
Cut glass is very fragile and sensitive to heat. Collectors should also be wary of fake cut glass, which started to materialize in the 1980s. Authenticity can often be determined by a black light test.
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Jourdanton Library Salad Luncheon, auctionPleasanton Express, June 19th
In conjunction with the luncheon, a silent auction will be held. The Friends of the Library have many great items to auction off. A few of the items include antique cut glass, Pyrex dishes, books on many different subjects, children's books, scrapbooks...Read more
First published in 1947, 'At Home on the Range' was ahead of its timeThe Register-Guard, June 19th
He “imported” the wine by the barrel inexpensively from California, and a particularly hideous cut glass pitcher was kept sacred to its mixing. I was sometimes allowed When I married and made — to him — an incomprehensible move to the suburbs, he...Read more
Shoes: the 5th Food GroupHuffington Post, June 14th
My personal connection to the brothers Grimm and to Anderson is physically manifested in numerous ways: a couple of artfully rendered mermaids and an antique, cut-glass slipper can be found in my home; hand-glazed "Glückspilze" lurk beneath the shrubs ...Read more
Fit for a Princessexpressandstar.com, June 6th
Get the look: Venice antique iron cot, £840, and antique lace bassinet, £1,048, both made to order at Punkin Patch. A dresser and changing table is an essential and Bambizi's Hestia dresser and changing table, £1,700, is a classic. Sleep may be out of...Read more
Azalea Garden Club installs officersVictoria Advocate, May 30th
Jacquie Fritz presented long-stemmed red roses in an antique cut-glass vase she had owned for 45 years. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. After a drawing for three door prizes of the floral table decorations, members enjoyed the ...Read more
Bank Holiday suggestions for Sunderland and DurhamSunderland Echo, May 24th
On Wednesday, older children, age 12 and over can learn how to cut glass and assemble a panel which will then be fused in the centre's kiln. The event runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For more information or to book one of the courses on and Retro...Read more
Renovating a south London home: white, bright and full of lightHomes & Property, May 24th
The segments have been tumbled so they have a vintage look. They decided to throw out the existing doors leading from the hallway, and to widen the openings and double their height. Cover. "A local carpenter made the new doors for us fitted with custom...Read more
Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glassChicago Tribune, May 24th
Q: Any info on this antique lamp I bought at an estate sale? There was no information Seen in images sent (thanks, they are very clear), this seems to be an electrified type of Gone With the Wind style lamp in clear American Brilliant cut glass...Read more