V I N T A G E D I S H
There is something about a little sparkle that always gets attention. It can be gemstone jewelry as it catches the light, a crystal chandelier with glowing lights or cut glass showing off the exceptional shine of the craftsmen's cutting. Cut glass is characterized by a series of facets on its surface enhancing the brilliance and reflecting power of glass.
The Eygyptians were cutting glass about 4,000 years ago. Cut glass history in the United States began around 1850 and lasted into the early 1900s. Prior to that time, most pieces were produced in England, Ireland and France. Following the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the 'American Brilliant Period' started and cut glass became extremely popular among affluent households. By the mid-19th century the 'pressed-glass' process was used to manufacture glassware to resemble cut glass at a lower cost. The desire for elegance provided by cut glass is still popular – gracing tables with high style.