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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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(6pc) Waterford Crystal Stemware
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(6pc) Waterford Crystal Stemware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$657 Bids
(6pc) Waterford Crystal Stemware
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(6pc) Waterford Crystal Stemware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$806 Bids
(3) Stuart Crystal Goblets & Waterford Bowl
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Stuart Crystal Goblets & Waterford Bowl
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
(6pc) Waterford Stemware & (2) Shot Glasses
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(6pc) Waterford Stemware & (2) Shot Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$453 Bids
Waterford Crystal Tray & Lidded Biscuit Jar
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Waterford Crystal Tray & Lidded Biscuit Jar
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Waterford Crystal Centerpiece Footed Bowl
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Waterford Crystal Centerpiece Footed Bowl
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
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Waterford Crystal Figurine, Bride and Groom
Oct 09, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford Crystal Figurine, Bride and Groom
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$102 Bids
Marquis by Waterford crystal dish w/ lid
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Marquis by Waterford crystal dish w/ lid
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
Waterford crystal heart paperweight & Ardmore 6"
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford crystal heart paperweight & Ardmore 6"
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
Waterford Crystal Vodka Chill Set
Oct 12, 6:00 PM AWST
Waterford Crystal Vodka Chill Set
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD400- AUD800
AUD3252 Bids
3 Waterford decanters
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Waterford decanters
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
(2pc) Waterford Cut To Clear Crystal Bowls
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Waterford Cut To Clear Crystal Bowls
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Vintage Glass & Crystal Servingware, Waterford
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Glass & Crystal Servingware, Waterford
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
(4pc) Waterford Decanter, Bowls
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(4pc) Waterford Decanter, Bowls
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Pair of Waterford crystal candleholders w/ base &
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair of Waterford crystal candleholders w/ base &
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Waterford crystal decanter w/ stopper
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford crystal decanter w/ stopper
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
4 JOHN ROCHA WATERFORD Crystal Stemware
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
4 JOHN ROCHA WATERFORD Crystal Stemware
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
WATERFORD Signed CRYSTAL Elephant Figure
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
WATERFORD Signed CRYSTAL Elephant Figure
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$11 Bid
Waterford crystal moon dance 10" round bowl
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford crystal moon dance 10" round bowl
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
20+pc. Waterford crystal glasses
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
20+pc. Waterford crystal glasses
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Waterford crystal paperweight & Ciara 4 pc. set
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford crystal paperweight & Ciara 4 pc. set
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Waterford crystal footed dish & Archive 8" bowl
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford crystal footed dish & Archive 8" bowl
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Waterford Crystal Cecily 9" bowl & Kelley vase
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford Crystal Cecily 9" bowl & Kelley vase
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Waterford crystal bell & candle holder
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Waterford crystal bell & candle holder
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Waterford Crystal


Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

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