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Cut Glass

Cut glass refers to any glass piece that has been decorated with patterns or motifs incised on the surface by hand through grinding, rotating wheels. This meticulous technique virtually guarantees a scintillating sparkle, explaining why authentic cut glass is such a beloved art form.

The tradition of cut glass can be traced to the 16th century B.C. in Egypt, where diligent glassmakers developed a technique for drilling patterns in the surface of glass. Spreading through the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and eventually transmitted into Europe, the cut glass tradition consistently grew in popularity, but it was not until it arrived in North America in the late 1700s that tradition expanded exponentially.

By the end of the 19th century, American producers, from The T.G. Hawkes company to the Liberty Glass company, were showcasing novel lines of cut glass designs with motifs more elegant and complex than many of their European competitors. The delicacy of their designs, combined with the quality their craftsman, captivates collectors as much today as a century ago.


Quick Facts

  • Though the tradition of cut glass is ancient, the technique did not arrive in England until the early 1700s and finally made it to North America by the end of that century
  • Late 19th-century American cut glass producers were among the most acclaimed at world's fairs. T.G. Hawkes, for example, won for two patterns he presented at the Parisian Exposition Universelle in 1889
  • True cut glass is cut by hand. An easy test for the authenticity of cut glass is by black light: if a piece fluoresces under the light, then you most likely have an authentic piece

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May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $5- $500
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NEOCLASSICAL SILVER-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS CLARET JUG
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
NEOCLASSICAL SILVER-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS CLARET JUG
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European Cut Glass and Silverplate Two Tier Dolphin Formed Garniture, c1920
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European Cut Glass and Silverplate Two Tier Dolphin Formed Garniture, c1920
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Pair Barend Enzering Dutch Silver Mounted Cut Glass Pitchers circa 1825
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Pair English Sterling Silver Rimmed Cut Glass Vases, 1926
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Pair English Sterling Silver Rimmed Cut Glass Vases, 1926
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Est: $200- $250
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28 cut glass jars with silver lids (2 of them made of silver metal), England, 19th century
May 21, 5:00 PM CEST
28 cut glass jars with silver lids (2 of them made of silver metal), England, 19th century
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Est: €600- €800
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A SET OF FOUR SILVER AND CUT GLASS SWEETMEAT BASKETS, POSSIBLY GERMAN, C. 1860
May 22, 3:00 PM BST
A SET OF FOUR SILVER AND CUT GLASS SWEETMEAT BASKETS, POSSIBLY GERMAN, C. 1860
by Curated Auctions
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Large carafe, Corps Agraria Berlin 1970
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Large carafe, Corps Agraria Berlin 1970
by Kunst- und Auktionshaus Quedlinburg
Est: €0- €0
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Large bushel cup Cops Guestphalia Heidelberg, around 1900
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Large bushel cup Cops Guestphalia Heidelberg, around 1900
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Est: €0- €0
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Victorian Frosted Cut Glass Cornucopia Vases
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Victorian Frosted Cut Glass Cornucopia Vases
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Est: $100- $10,000
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Russian Cut Glass Vase
May 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Russian Cut Glass Vase
by Doyle New York
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0000 Bids
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Jun 02, 12:45 PM EDT
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by OG Collections
Est: $500- $1,000
$1000 Bids
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CUT GLASS OVAL DISH
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Est: $15- $25
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Antique c. 1890 Cut Glass Sugar Shaker w/ Sterling Repousse Top
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique c. 1890 Cut Glass Sugar Shaker w/ Sterling Repousse Top
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
A cut glass lidded decanter having etched decoration. H 28cm, W 9cm
May 26, 12:00 PM AEST
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Est: AUD50- AUD75
AUD400 Bids
A pair of English cut glass and silvered epergne having geometric decoration. H 26cm, W 14cm
May 26, 12:00 PM AEST
A pair of English cut glass and silvered epergne having geometric decoration. H 26cm, W 14cm
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Est: AUD150- AUD225
AUD1200 Bids
A cut glass lidded decanter having etched geometric decoration. H 27cm, W 15cm
May 26, 12:00 PM AEST
A cut glass lidded decanter having etched geometric decoration. H 27cm, W 15cm
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Est: AUD50- AUD75
AUD400 Bids
Early Cut Glass 6 Bottle Cruet Set in English Silverplate Holder
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Early Cut Glass 6 Bottle Cruet Set in English Silverplate Holder
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $200- $300
$250 Bids
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Est: £50- £100
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