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Glass Cups

Whether a singular chalice or a set of sophisticated tumblers, crystal and glass cups are an elegant addition to a glassware collection. Descending from the most rudimentary necessity – drinking – the antique glass cup celebrates the remarkable range of glassmaking genius with a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles.

Glass drinking vessels have been a staple of society since the ancient world when the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean capitalized on their early experiments with glass to create their own cup form. It was not until the rise in the popularity of glassmaking closer to the 16th century that elaborate lidded cups and chalices as well as decorated glass cup sets came into couture.

From the tables of royalty to the dining rooms of modern American households, crystal and glass cups are a perennial favorite both for their bespoke beauty and brilliant sparkle. Today, antique and crystal glass cups come in a variety of price points, but it is their vast history that is worth an intangible fortune.


Quick Facts

  • One of the oldest surviving glass drinking vessels is the ancient Roman rhyton, which often took the form of a drinking horn. Variations on these glass drinking horns were popular across the ancient Mediterranean
  • A record-setting rock crystal cup sold at auction for $186,700 in 2003. Created in 19th century Vienna, the cup has a lid depicting two swans with accents of gemstones
  • Pairing elegance with the everyday, brewery Stella Artois partnered with fine glassmaker Swarovski in 2003 to create a limited edition Stella Artois crystal chalice. Handcrafted in Turkey and then bedecked with Swarovski stones in Austria, each chalice retailed for $500

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JADEITE SHERBET CUPS BY THE MCKEE GLASS COMPANY
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JADEITE SHERBET CUPS BY THE MCKEE GLASS COMPANY
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Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Six Tumblers, Marked Duralex & Six Whisky Stones
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Six Tumblers, Marked Duralex & Six Whisky Stones
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Est: AUD0- AUD0
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A quality set of 6 large hand cut lead crystal whisky tumblers, H: 11cm
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Est: AUD150- AUD200
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Collection of Falcon Almahurst Glasses
May 31, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
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May 31, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
MCM Lot including Tumblers with Horse
May 31, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
23 Kentucky Derby Glasses, Dates Range from 1964-2013, 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm.)
Jun 02, 4:00 PM CDT
23 Kentucky Derby Glasses, Dates Range from 1964-2013, 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm.)
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Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
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Jun 03, 7:00 PM WEST
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Est: €50- €100
€501 Bid
(20) Amber Glass Cups & Pitcher
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
(20) Amber Glass Cups & Pitcher
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Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
DRINKING GLASSES
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
DRINKING GLASSES
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Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
29 Cranberry Glass Tumblers 19th And 20th Century
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
29 Cranberry Glass Tumblers 19th And 20th Century
by Willow Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
A pair of small mugs
Jun 03, 6:00 PM WEST
A pair of small mugs
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Est: €250- €375
€2400 Bids
A mug
Jun 03, 6:00 PM WEST
A mug
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Est: €250- €375
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A mug
Jun 03, 6:00 PM WEST
A mug
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Jun 03, 6:00 PM WEST
Set of five cups and saucers
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(17 Pc) Italian Pulegoso Glass Demitasse Teacups & Saucers
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
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(6 Pc) Williams Sonoma Old Fashion Glasses Set
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
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Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
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MEYR'S NEPHEW, ADOLFOV, LIQUEUR GLASS, 1900-10
Jun 11, 3:00 PM CEST
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Est: €150- €250
€1500 Bids
SCHNEIDER, EPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 'COUPE BIJOU', 1920-22
Jun 11, 3:00 PM CEST
SCHNEIDER, EPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 'COUPE BIJOU', 1920-22
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Est: €400- €600
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Álvaro Barrios - Marcel Duchamp Champion Cup
May 30, 8:00 PM COT
Álvaro Barrios - Marcel Duchamp Champion Cup
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FULVIO BIANCONI FLASCHE UND SECHS BECHER 'A FASCE ORIZZONTALE'
Jun 01, 10:00 AM CEST
FULVIO BIANCONI FLASCHE UND SECHS BECHER 'A FASCE ORIZZONTALE'
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Sellers Who Sell Glass Cups


Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Willow Auction House

Willow Auction House

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC