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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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(8) Waterford Colleen Crystal Stemware
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(8) Waterford Colleen Crystal Stemware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$13011 Bids
(6) Waterford Crystal Colleen Wine Glasses
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Waterford Crystal Colleen Wine Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$13010 Bids
(2) Waterford Crystal Decanters, Colleen, Donegal
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Waterford Crystal Decanters, Colleen, Donegal
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$709 Bids
(2) Waterford Crystal Pitcher & Kraft
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Waterford Crystal Pitcher & Kraft
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$659 Bids
(6) Waterford Crystal Stemware
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Waterford Crystal Stemware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$908 Bids
Waterford Crystal Glassware Assortment
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Waterford Crystal Glassware Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1507 Bids
(7) Waterford Crystal Colleen Pattern Wine
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(7) Waterford Crystal Colleen Pattern Wine
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
(6) Waterford Crystal Colleen Pattern Grapefruit
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Waterford Crystal Colleen Pattern Grapefruit
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$656 Bids
(6) Waterford Crystal Colleen Pattern Grapefruit
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Waterford Crystal Colleen Pattern Grapefruit
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
(9pc) Waterford Crystal Bowls, Stemmed Glasses
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(9pc) Waterford Crystal Bowls, Stemmed Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$505 Bids
Waterford Crystal Colleen Old Fashioned Glass SET
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Colleen Old Fashioned Glass SET
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1755 Bids
(3) Waterford Crystal Serving Dishes
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Waterford Crystal Serving Dishes
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
Waterford Crystal Colleen Tumbler Glasses 24pc SET
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Colleen Tumbler Glasses 24pc SET
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2754 Bids
12 Waterford lead crystal champaign glasses
Apr 28, 12:00 PM EDT
12 Waterford lead crystal champaign glasses
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$503 Bids
(6) Waterford Crystal Donegal Wine Glasses
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Waterford Crystal Donegal Wine Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Vintage Waterford Crystal Innisfree Pitcher
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Waterford Crystal Innisfree Pitcher
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
(7pc) Gold Plated Asian Style Figurines
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(7pc) Gold Plated Asian Style Figurines
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Waterford Crystal Colleen Champagne Stemware SET
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Waterford Crystal Colleen Champagne Stemware SET
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
Waterford Clear Pressed Crystal Light Fixture
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Waterford Clear Pressed Crystal Light Fixture
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$252 Bids
Waterford (1) Colleen & (6) Donegal Glasses
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Waterford (1) Colleen & (6) Donegal Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Waterford Lismore Crystal Wine Decanter with Stopper
Apr 21, 10:00 AM PDT
Waterford Lismore Crystal Wine Decanter with Stopper
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $80- $100
$601 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Waterford Crystal


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Lion and Unicorn

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