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The history of antique glass dates back to many decades ago. Antique glass is mostly English glassware dating back to the 18th and early 19th centuries. Highly coveted are the glasses developed by George Ravenscroft from 1673 to 1683. Ravenscroft developed a more brilliant sparkling glass than its counterpart. During the period of 1700 to 1800, the stem style of antique glass was popular and used for drinking wine, cordials and spirit.

The range of antique glass is wide. There are several varieties and styles that have emerged during the long span of time. Types of antique glass include decanters, carafes, jugs, plain, engraved and cut, collectors' drinking glasses with baluster, air, incised and opaque twist stems, Silesian and facet cut stems, drams, glasses for sherry and port, deceptive glasses, firing glasses, ale and champagne flutes, tumblers, rummers, goblets, tazzas, sweetmeat and jelly glasses, curiosities.

The price of antique glass is extremely valuable. A Georgian Newcastle light baluster from 1750 costs AUD 2600. A Georgian short cordial antique glass from 1745 costs AUD 2800. Unusual 18th century SSAT stem wine antique glass from 1750 costs AUD 1000. A Georgian DOST wine antique glass from 1765 costs AUD 200. A Georgian hexagonally facetted wine and cordial glass from 1770 costs AUD 200.

When purchasing antique glass, personal choice often takes center stage. However, characteristics such as color, enamelling, shape, engraving, provenance, acid etching, gilding, manufacturer, historical period and other decorations are also given primary importance and often guide a collector's personal collection.

Antique Glass Articles

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The glass man's great escape

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Created tribute to wartime suffering

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A master artist of stained glass

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