Antique & Vintage Glassware

Antique & vintage glassware includes decorative and functional bowls, glasses, and platters from the late 1800s through about the mid-1900s. Some items are delicate and used for display only, but many people like to use vintage glassware in their daily lives.

Cut glass is the oldest type of glass, created by holding a cooled piece onto a grinding wheel to carve grooves in its sides. This technique was used to create designs and patterns on the surface of the glass. Leaded crystal is an example of this, and intricately cut pieces of leaded crystal on a dining room table was an example of social status and class in the late 19th century.

Milk glass  was coined in the 20th century to describe the opaque white plates, goblets, serving items, and decorative objects that became popular in the late 1880s. Milk glass plates were one of the most popular items from this era.

Pressed glass is another type of collectible glassware. Cheaper to manufacture than blown glass, this glassware was made in cast-iron molds and marketed as an economic alternative to hand-cut crystal.  But  after World War I, more expensive glass became more widely available and cheaper, pressed glass didn’t become popular again until the Great Depression.

Carnival glass is inexpensive and made to have an iridescent, multi-color sheen, like oil in water. Since it was so cheaply made, many felt that it was not high quality. So as values fell, it was soon being given away as prizes at carnivals, where midway winners could go home with shimmering vases, pitchers, goblets, tureens, and bowls – hence the name.
Any kind of vintage glassware is an interesting thing to collect, I have several pieces myself. It’s a reminder of past times and of the past.