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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Brilliant Cut Glass 2 Part Punch Bowl on Pedestal
Oct 02, 5:00 PM CDT
Brilliant Cut Glass 2 Part Punch Bowl on Pedestal
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Set of Six Cut Colored to Clear Glass Stem Hocks, H: 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm.)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Set of Six Cut Colored to Clear Glass Stem Hocks, H: 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$502 Bids
2 SERVING TRAYS AND CUT GLASS SUGAR AND CREAMER
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
2 SERVING TRAYS AND CUT GLASS SUGAR AND CREAMER
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
4 pieces of heavy cut glass
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
4 pieces of heavy cut glass
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
William Yeoward, a clear cut glass ice b
Oct 08, 10:00 AM BST
William Yeoward, a clear cut glass ice b
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £80- £120
£501 Bid
CUT GLASS DECANTER GROUP
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
CUT GLASS DECANTER GROUP
by Jackson's International
Est: $20- $50
$201 Bid
3-piece lot of cut glass vases on foot
Oct 14, 10:00 AM CEST
3-piece lot of cut glass vases on foot
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €10- €80
€100 Bids
Delicacy basket with silver handle.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Delicacy basket with silver handle.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €25- €75
€250 Bids
PAIR OF VINTAGE CUT GLASS VASES
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
PAIR OF VINTAGE CUT GLASS VASES
by Jackson's International
Est: $20- $50
$200 Bids
CUT & PRESSED GLASS GROUP
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
CUT & PRESSED GLASS GROUP
by Jackson's International
Est: $20- $30
$200 Bids
Four vintage cut glass picture frames,
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
Four vintage cut glass picture frames,
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids
A Pair of Victorian Cut Glass Lustres adorned with faceted drops, 11¾'' (30 cm) in height. A glass c
Oct 09, 11:00 AM BST
A Pair of Victorian Cut Glass Lustres adorned with faceted drops, 11¾'' (30 cm) in height. A glass c
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids
A Late Victorian Cut glass rectangular dish with silver plated stand and engraved lid. A cut glass &
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
A Late Victorian Cut glass rectangular dish with silver plated stand and engraved lid. A cut glass &
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £40- £80
£300 Bids
Two Silver Mounted Globular Cut Glass Scent Bottles: The largest having a hinged bulbous knop lid em
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
Two Silver Mounted Globular Cut Glass Scent Bottles: The largest having a hinged bulbous knop lid em
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £80- £160
£600 Bids
(4) COLORLESS CUT GLASS FACETED CANDLESTICKS
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
(4) COLORLESS CUT GLASS FACETED CANDLESTICKS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$500 Bids
Group of Continental Ruby Overlay Etched Glass
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Continental Ruby Overlay Etched Glass
by Stair
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
An hallmarked silver topped cut glass sugar sifter - h.16.5cm.
Oct 07, 10:00 AM BST
An hallmarked silver topped cut glass sugar sifter - h.16.5cm.
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
A Cartier Cut Glass Tall Vase and a Wine Cooler 
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
A Cartier Cut Glass Tall Vase and a Wine Cooler 
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
An Extensive Collection of Cut Glass Barware
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
An Extensive Collection of Cut Glass Barware
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Two American Cut-Glass and Silver-Plate Pitchers
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Two American Cut-Glass and Silver-Plate Pitchers
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
2 cut glass relish trays
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
2 cut glass relish trays
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
Tray lot of cut glass
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Tray lot of cut glass
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
A Victorian Silver and Cut-Glass Epergne
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Victorian Silver and Cut-Glass Epergne
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cut Glass


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hindman

Hindman

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates