Waterford Crystal

A wonder of Waterford, Ireland, Waterford Crystal has dazzled many for generations from designers to dignitaries. With origins in the latter half of the 18th century, Waterford pieces continue to be cherished today in collections worldwide.

Waterford Crystal began with two Irishmen, William and George Penrose, who set out in 1783 to manufacture flint glass in their Waterford-based glassworks. Their initial decades were profitable, but the dawn of the 19th century saw the introduction of increasingly high taxes on such glass, resulting in the company's eventual closure in the 1850s. Falling silent for almost a century, Waterford was later revived under the direction of Czech glassmakers Charles Bacik and Miroslav Havel. The duo attained the pattern books from the original days of Waterford and subsequently channeled that taste into their 20th-century creations.

One of the enduring aspects of Waterford's designs is their dedication to utmost quality in craftsmanship. As a part of this dedication, Waterford now works with a consortium of crystal companies across Europe, ensuring the pieces they bring to market are the most outstanding. From refined stemware to smaller decorative pieces, Waterford crystal is a favorite for collecting or gifting pieces of antique glass.


Quick Facts

  • One of the 19th-century capstones for original Waterford design was a monumental banquet center piece comprising forty pieces of elegantly-cut glass so carefully honed that they could be assembled without fittings, brackets, nor stands
  • Though Waterford glass has been in existence for more than 200 years, it was their upscale Marquis line, which debuted in 1991, that first bore the label Waterford Crystal
  • Many clamor for the collectible apprentice bowl, a piece created by each apprentice at the end of their training as a showcase of their mastery of every pattern cut Waterford creates

Recommended Items at Auction

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Set of six Waterford Crystal 'Dunmore' wine glasses, 15.70 cm. (6.18 in.)
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Set of six Waterford Crystal 'Dunmore' wine glasses, 15.70 cm. (6.18 in.)
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1006 Bids
Collection of Waterford Crystal ''Kathleen'' crystal
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection of Waterford Crystal ''Kathleen'' crystal
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD705 Bids
Large Irish WATERFORD Crystal Carriage Mantel Clock
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Irish WATERFORD Crystal Carriage Mantel Clock
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$183 Bids
Waterford Crystal Lismore Hurricane Lamp , MIB
Jan 22, 1:00 PM EST
Waterford Crystal Lismore Hurricane Lamp , MIB
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Large Irish WATERFORD Crystal Bucking Stallion Horse
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Irish WATERFORD Crystal Bucking Stallion Horse
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$122 Bids
Waterford Cut Clear Crystal Colleen Old Fashioned
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Waterford Cut Clear Crystal Colleen Old Fashioned
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $400- $535
$912 Bids
Waterford Crystal letter opener, MIB
Jan 22, 1:00 PM EST
Waterford Crystal letter opener, MIB
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
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Set of Twelve Waterford Clarendon Cut Glass Wine Hock Glasses
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Set of Twelve Waterford Clarendon Cut Glass Wine Hock Glasses
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$9001 Bid
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Hock Goblet Glasses
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Waterford Crystal Lismore Fluted Champagne Glasses
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Lismore Fluted Champagne Glasses
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
(29Pc) Waterford Crystal Stemware
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(29Pc) Waterford Crystal Stemware
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
A WATERFORD CRYSTAL GLASS MODEL OF AN ELEPHANT, LATE 20TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 9:30 AM BST
A WATERFORD CRYSTAL GLASS MODEL OF AN ELEPHANT, LATE 20TH CENTURY
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£101 Bid
48 Waterford Crystal Glasses, Curraghmore Pattern, 7 1/2"h tallest
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
48 Waterford Crystal Glasses, Curraghmore Pattern, 7 1/2"h tallest
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Waterford pen desk set made in Ireland
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford pen desk set made in Ireland
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $20- $100
$101 Bid
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WATERFORD CRYSTAL STEMWARE; LISMORE PATTERN
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
WATERFORD CRYSTAL STEMWARE; LISMORE PATTERN
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
Waterford Cut Glass Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Waterford Cut Glass Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
by Stair
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Waterford Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Waterford Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
by Stair
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Waterford Cut Glass Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Waterford Cut Glass Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
by Stair
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Waterford Cut Glass Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Waterford Cut Glass Part Stemware Service in the 'Lismore' Pattern
by Stair
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Waterford Crystal Large Crystal Snowman Figurine Paperweight, MIB
Jan 22, 1:00 PM EST
Waterford Crystal Large Crystal Snowman Figurine Paperweight, MIB
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
WATERFORD CRYSTAL "CARINA" SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
WATERFORD CRYSTAL "CARINA" SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Waterford Crystal


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Hill Auction Gallery

Hill Auction Gallery

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