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American Brilliant Cut Glass

Establishing North America as new hub of exceptional glasswork, American Brilliant cut glass was produced predominantly between the years of 1876 and 1917. Though in production for only a brief period of time, antique pieces of American Brilliant cut glass pieces reveal the immense talent of early American cut glass masters.

The art of cut glass had been popular in Europe prior the late 19th century, but American creators found it difficult to break into the European market. Though their pieces rivaled, if not surpassed, European makers, international audiences did not trust American cut glass companies to be exceptional. This distrust melted away, however, in 1876, when several American cut glass makers showcased their wares at the Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition. The success of these makers there, combined with an even more jubilant reception at the Parisian Exposition Universelle in the following decade, secured the status of American cut glass and launched this "Brilliant" age.

Though the popularity of cut glass ushered in imposters during the 20th century, American Brilliant cut glass remained a gold standard for glass production. The complexity of their cuts combined with the overall beauty of their pieces ensure American Brilliant era's place in glassmaking history.


Quick Facts

  • American Brilliant cut glass was so popular that, during its peak years (1880-1910), the leading American cut glass producers utilized close to 1,000 cutting shops to create their intricate designs
  • Some of the most acclaimed American Brilliant cut glass producers were Libbey, T.G. Hawkes, Egginton, and Mt. Washington, all of whom boasted their own signature patterns
  • Classic characteristics of authentic cut glass: an exceptional weight, an unrivaled clarity, and a sonorous ring when gently tapped

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American Brilliant Cut Glass ABCG Candlestick PAIR
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
American Brilliant Cut Glass ABCG Candlestick PAIR
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Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
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FIVE AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS ITEMS
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FIVE AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS ITEMS
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American Brilliant Tableware
Oct 27, 6:00 PM EDT
American Brilliant Tableware
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Est: $50- $150
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AMERICAN BRILLIANT BERRY SET
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
AMERICAN BRILLIANT BERRY SET
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Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
2 AMERICAN BRILLIANT PITCHERS
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Est: $150- $250
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FOUR AMERICAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS TABLEWARE ITEMS
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
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Est: $200- $300
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Lot of 4 Brilliant Cut Glass Articles
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of 4 Brilliant Cut Glass Articles
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
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An American Brilliant Cut Glass Decanter
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
An American Brilliant Cut Glass Decanter
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $50- $500
$500 Bids
28 pcs American Brilliant Period Cut Glass
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
28 pcs American Brilliant Period Cut Glass
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
American Brilliant Cut Glass Cream and Sugar Container
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
American Brilliant Cut Glass Cream and Sugar Container
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $75- $750
$700 Bids
An ABP ( American Brilliant Period ) Cut Glass Nappie
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
An ABP ( American Brilliant Period ) Cut Glass Nappie
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Collection 12 pcs. of Brilliant Period Cut Glass
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Collection 12 pcs. of Brilliant Period Cut Glass
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
10 pcs. Brilliant Period Cut Glass
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
10 pcs. Brilliant Period Cut Glass
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Natural Brilliant Round Cut Ruby Pair
Oct 24, 5:00 PM PDT
Natural Brilliant Round Cut Ruby Pair
by Simrit Collection
Est: $550- $575
$2750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Brilliant Cut Glass


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers

O'Gallerie

O'Gallerie

Charleston Estate Auctions

Charleston Estate Auctions