Drink Up… A Toast to Vintage Glasses
As I have said before, I love vintage and antique glass. Whether crystal, depression-ware, mid century barware or an old mason jar. It all calls to me like few other objects can. I have listed several new sets of various types and sizes of glassware on the shop this week, earning it this week’s feature.
I am running behind (as usual 😐 ) so it will be a fairly short post. However, before I get on to the features, just a few words about…
Caring for Vintage or Antique Glass
The first rule of course is—Handle With Care! And the older and more fragile it is, the more careful you must be.
- If it is a very rare and precious piece, don’t even try to clean it yourself. Get a professional to evaluate and clean it for you.
- For most very old pieces, a good wipe-down with a damp cloth may suffice. Use distilled water to avoid mineral and chemical build-up.
- Wash all crystal and older glass by hand. Putting only one piece at a time in a sink full of dishwater will guard against two pieces knocking together and causing chips of cracks.
- If the glass is especially fragile, you might line your sink or dish-tub with a cotton cloth.
- Ammonia in water is a good cleaning solution if there is mineral build-up or rust on a piece.
- Never use any harsher detergents or chemicals than you absolutely need to clean old glass.
- There are many good articles out there written by people more knowledgeable than I. I enjoyed reading Clean Vintage Glass and Antique Porcelain Safely on ebay and Tips for Cleaning Cloudy Glass on Heritage Auctions’ website.
This set of four Irish Coffee cups/mugs in brass metallic holder were made by Libbey Glass for Bushmill Whiskey. Cups are marked around widest part in gold lettering.
“The Best Irish Whiskey . Old Bushmills. Makes the Best Irish Coffee.
Libbey mark on bottom of the glass. Heavy bottom glasses are 3 1/4 inches tall and 3 inches diameter. All the glasses are in very good condition, with no chips, scratches, etc. The metal holders are in good condition, but all have a bit of light rust, mostly on the curve of the handle. Only minor cosmetic defects. Nice overall. See photos for more detail.
Set of Four Jeanette Hellenic Green Eight Ounce Tumblers: Roman-Greek Motif Jasperware Glasses~ $25.00
This Mid Century glassware pattern by Jeanette Glass was inspired by Wedgewood’s popular Jasperware (Jasper Ware). These were made in the 1950s and 60s.
I have four of the Hellenic Green tumblers for sale as a set. These do not have the gold trim. These glasses are in good condition for their age, no chips, cracks or more than minor scratches and discoloration on the matte green background. Nice overall. See the photos for more details. These Eight ounce tumblers are 4 3/4 inches tall and 2 3/4 inches in diameter.
This set of six beautiful etched crystal footed goblets has the elegance of another era. I could not locate the maker or pattern, but they are etched with a draping garland connected by what looks like three balloons with diamond clouds between and tiny starbursts beneath. Very art deco and whimsical, I think. They have a band of gold trim around the lips that shows wear in some places. In very good condition otherwise, no chips or cracks. A couple of the rims feel a bit rough textured to me. See the photos for more detail. These glasses are almost 4 3/4 inches tall. Top diameter is around 2 3/4 inches. Base is just at 2 inches across.
Four Anchor Hocking Vintage Champagne/Sherbet Glasses: Mid Century Boopie Berwick Bubble Foot Pattern~ $12.00
Anchor Hocking’s Berwick pattern dates back to around 1950. Imperial Glass’ Candlewick, which is very similar, was released in the 1930s. I am pretty sure this is the Berwick. You may also find this pattern called Boopie or Bubble Foot. It was quite popular. These sets of four champagne or sherbet glasses measure about 3 1/2 inches tall. Diameter of bottom is 2 1/2 inches and top is 3 1/2 inches. Very pretty. No flaws that I can see.
This listing is for a pair of very cool retro martini glasses. These tall etched glasses are graceful and classic in design, adorned with etched cocktail-shaker-olive design around bowl. Perfect to toast in the New Year or have an intimate celebration.
These glasses are 6 inches tall and 3 3/4 inches top diameter. Stem is 3 inches and base diameter is about 2 1/2 inches. Perfect condition. No chips, cracks, scratches, etc.
Rosenthal Crystal Martini Glasses: Mid Century Stemware – Cocktail – Sherbert Glasses Set of Six~ $35.00
Set of six Rosenthal crystal martini glasses. Simple and elegant, these sweet little glasses stand 3 1/2 inches tall and have a top rim diameter of 4 1/4 inches.
Marked with the Rosenthal “R”. I believe these are not all from same year as there seems to be two variations in the Mark. Two of them still have the Gold foil Rosenthal sticker on base. Dress up your next cocktail party with these beauties…
That’s our feature for this week. Thanks ever so much for stopping by.
Till next time…