A Simple Guide to Antique Glass

Glass is unique in the antique world for its aversion to ageing – where metals tend to rust and tarnish over the years, glass remains as beautiful as ever, making it a popular favourite among collectors. Although glass is fragile, and is far more prone to damage given enough time, if stored correctly, glass can theoretically last for hundreds of years in perfect condition, as is shown by the many antiques that have stood the test of time.

Antique glass is brought by both seasoned veterans and beginner collectors, and it’s the perfect way to break into the world of antique collecting. Some glass is fairly and tends to be on the cheap side, while other types of glass can be valued in the thousands of dollars, especially glass that has historic value.

Identifying Antique Glass

The very best way to identify is a piece of glassware is indeed an antique is by examining its antiques. All glass is different, and the trained eye can quickly determined whether the glass in question is recent and quite common, or something far more unique. Leaning the materials that make up the glass is a good step to take, and understanding the different finishing touches and the decoration adorned on the glass can help the collector pick out the fakes, and can be done through a number of simple guides that are worth checking out between sessions of reading, television, or real money pokies NZ.

Vases and Bowls

Although most historic and antique glass vases tend to be found in museums, there are still plenty floating around on the collector network, with the most highly valued pieces being around three centuries old. Favourite vases tend to be the most expensive, although these are extremely difficult to come across, and tend to be far above the budget of the average collector.

Scent Bottles

Scent bottles are small and delicate, and are often a popular edition to anyone’s collection. These come in a variety of designs, and although small, can cost thousands. Perhaps the most expensive scent bottles are the ones that once belonged to Ancient Romans.

Drinking Glasses

There is a large collection of drinking glasses that survived the 18th and 19th centuries, and are fairly easy to pick out. 17th century, engraved drinking glasses are most often what an experienced collector will be hunting for, as well as 18th century ceremonial goblets and wine glasses.

Table Glass Antiques

From jelly and custard glasses, meat glassware, and other tableware, glass for the table is commonly found in antique shops. Not only can these still serve a practical purpose, they make a great addition to any collection, and almost always tend to be moderately priced.

Cameo Glass

Cameo glassware is often highly decorative, and has a number of colourful layers, making them easy to spot, even from a distance. Brothers George and Thomas Woodall created some of the most sought-after pieces during the late 19th century. British makers Thomas Webb & Sons made other favourites, tricolour antiques.

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