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  • Venetian Glass Artisan: Dino Martens  By : Ed Sexton
    Murano glass makers were so well regarded because they developed or refined technologies such as crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiore), opaline glass (lead powder blown in), and milk glass (lattimo). For many years they were the worlds only craftsmen who could create mirrors.
  • Fact Check: Cut Glass or Molded Pattern Glass?  By :
    A common mistake new buyers and collectors of glass will sometimes make is to look at a piece of glass with a molded pattern and mistake it for glass onto which a pattern or design has been manually Ďcut.í On occasion, too, if this error is brought to the attention of some dealers, they may even insist no misidentification has taken place. They will state that their description of a molded pattern as Ďcutí is correct and base this perception on inaccurate glass nomenclature which may be found in many places elsewhere on the Internet.
  • Green Glass is NOT Vaseline Glass  By :
    Vaseline glass is a peculiar yellow to yellow/green glass that will fluoresce. When exposed to ultraviolet light it glows a bright green color. This bright green color can only be observed while a piece of Vaseline glass is under UV light.

    Made 1840 to the present. 'Vaseline glass' is not a term that properly references any colored glass that may glow under black light. 'Vaseline Glass' is always yellow to yellow/green in color, by definition. Similar in color to its namesake, 'Vaseline.'
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of Venetian Glassmaking  By : Lewis Jewlers
    Glassmaking in Murano, Italy has a long and impressive history. In fact, it is the longest lasting center for glass making in history. From the 9th century to today, Murano has continued to produce beautiful and innovative artwork through generations of success and failure.
  • Collecting Grape Pattern Milk Glass  By : Cheryl Moody
    Many collectors of white milk glass love the pieces covered in grapes. These pieces frequently have full bunches of grapes dangling from vines with leaves. There are several different popular patterns in this theme, made by different companies. They are similar enough that some collectors will mix and match to get all the pieces they want, while other collectors will only acquire specific patterns or manufacturers.
  • Sandwich Glass  By :
    The Boston and Sandwich Glassworks Company of Sandwich, Massachusetts, had its beginnings in the mid-1820ís. Deming Jarves, the founder of the company, convinced skilled glass artisans - individuals respected as glass producers from all over the world including England and Bohemia, to come and work for his company.
  • Using and Caring for Glass Vases  By : Donnah Brnger
    I am especially fond of vases. They are not only beautiful objects of art displayed on a shelf, but they also enhance the beauty of any flowers placed in them. Some people won't use their vases. They are afraid of water stains or find them difficult to clean. Perhaps the vase already have stains. No need to fear, your vases can be safely cleaned and used if you do so with care.
  • Blown Glass Vases Amaze  By : Charlie Reese
    What is always surprising is how a small blob of colorless glass can be made into blown glass vases, and it does not take very long to do. It was less than twenty minutes when we were there. They started by super heating the glass and blowing out a very simple shape. They then used various tools to spin and shape the beginning of the vase. It was very interesting to watch, and you could tell that it does take years and years of practice to know just what you are doing and how to do it right each
  • Murano Glass has History of Old World Charm  By : Beth Guide
    Murano Italy, a small town north of Venice, has set the world standard for glasswork and beads, including Murano Rosary Beads, making it the glass capital of the world,. Tracing back to the 9th century, Murano glass and beads have a long history. The artwork, innovation and craftsmanship have grown in tradition though the centuries.
  • Depression Glass Companies  By : Murray Hughes
    Just before the advent of the Great Depression, more than a hundred companies manufactured glassware in the United States. At the end of the Depression, fewer than fifty percent of these companies remained in business. Of these companies, seven became major players in the production of Depression glass, and these seven companies utilized a little more than 90 patterns.
  • Collecting Depression Glass - Where to Start  By : Murray Hughes
    Okay, so youíve been bitten by the Depression Glass bug, and those pretty patterns and pastel colors beckon you from the shelves of an antique dealerís shop, a friendís home, or maybe youíve even discovered this special glassware on the Internet. However, itís come about that youíve developed a
    yen for Depression Glass, you need to know where and how to start collecting it.
  • Duncan-Miller Glass - a Valuable Piece of American History  By :
    While there are many Duncan-Miller designs that are prized by collectors such as the lovely patterned glass baskets, what most people think of when they think of Duncan is the swan. Other companies were making swans, but the Duncan version stands out. The swans were made in various patterns, but the gracefully curved neck distinguishes these from all other glass swans.
  • Collecting Heisey Glassware  By :
    In 1900, the Heisey trademark that makes pieces so easy for collectors to identify, the H encased in a diamond figure, began to be applied to the pressed glass. You can put your finger into the piece and feel the mark with your finger. Beware, however, some pieces are not so marked. For example, the pieces that were blown, some of the most valuable ones, are not marked in this way.
  • Collecting Fostoria Glassware  By :
    Early on, Fostoria joined all the other glass companies in producing pressed glass. Before long, the shift was made to high quality stemware that was blown. The glass made from the years 1910 to 1924 is high quality and if you can find some of those early pieces, they are valuable.
  • The Venetian Role In Glass  By : Mitch Johnson
    By the thirteenth century glass making had become a well-established industry in Venice and on the island of Murano, where a large and important export trade was built up rapidly. The Venetians had found how to make a clear glass, cristallo, and were able to produce not only colorless pieces but others of pure gem-like tints.
  • The Story of Glass in England  By : Mitch Johnson
    In the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries there were glassmakers in Surrey and Sussex, where there was plentiful timber, who produced colored glass. Glass for England domestic needs was primarily imported from Venice. Jacopo Verzelini began making Venice glass in London and taught Englishmen the art.
  • Glass of Germany and Holland  By : Mitch Johnson
    The quality of the paintings on the glass made the Germans noteworthy. The German craftsmen were able to successfully engrave natural rock-crystal and adapted that to their skill in glass, setting a new standard of glass-making. And the Netherlands made the Venetian type of glass in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They excelled in glass decoration.
  • Crystal Care and Cleaning Tips  By : Evelyn Whitaker
    How to care for and keep your crystal in new condition.
  • Common Antique Glass Terms  By : Earl Garber
    Collecting antique lamps can be very rewarding but with so many lamps on the market the terms describing them can get very confusing. For example, what is a chipped ice finish? What exactly is ormula? The following is a brief list of antique lamp terms you are likely to come across while purchasing period related lighting pieces.
  • Caring For Stained Glass Panels  By : Earl Garber
    In reality too much cleaning can be worse for the panel than the sun and the rain. Stained glass panels in old cathedrals have been in place for centuries with minimal damage to the surfaces. With proper care and knowledge of the signs of damage your panels can look great for generations as well.
  • The History of Stained Glass Art Panels  By : Earl Garber
    Stained glass panels have become synonymous with churches as religious murals for windows. But where did the use of artistic colored glass originate?

    Stained glass started out as a domestic luxury for wealthy Romans to use in villas and palaces. Not much is known about this era except for a few remains found around Pompeii.
  • Looking For Antique Glass? Try Some Green Retro Glassware  By : Michael Baker
    Most of the green retro glassware you will find at antique stores, flea markets, and even mom and pop shops is from the Depression era. This glassware was mass produced during this time in history, and with such a low cost of ownership back then, people could actually afford it. The quality was not of the greatest, so actually finding this sort of glassware still around, and even in a pristine
  • How Glass is Made  By : Kelly Wheeler
    Windows, vases, car windshields, computer screens and picture frames - everywhere you look it is almost a guarantee that something in your line of vision will be made of glass. However, the only time we seem to notice it is if the windows need cleaning or we drop a wine glass and have to clean up the
    shards. Take a minute to think about what life would be like without this material.
  • Examining Collectible Glass With A Binocular Magnifier  By : Stacey Poppen
    These days it seems everything is collectible and vintage glassware is no exception. With so many patterns made in the past and marks so cleverly hidden you might want to invest in a binocular magnifier for examining collectible glass.
  • Development and Advancement in American Glass  By : Mitch Johnson
    During the course of the eighteenth century numerous glasshouses
    came up and went. The greatest demands in America would be for
    the window-glass and for bottles. The immigrants owned most of
    the American glasshouses from Germans and the England who
    brought their skills.
  • Remarkable French and Chinese Glass  By : Mitch Johnson
    French glass making began to develop in the eighteenth century.
    Luneville, at Baccarat and a factory by the Cristallerie de St Louis, in Lorraine, were the two famous glass factories in France during
    those days. And under the Emperor K'ang Hsi, of China, a glasshouse was started, but there has been much information found about the details of
    their production.
  • Adam to Windsor - What's that?  By : Murray Hughes
    In Depression Glass parlance, "from Adam to Windsor" refers to
    the alphabetical order in which collector's guides typically
    list all the patterns of the seven largest glass companies that
    produced this now-collectible glassware.
  • The History Of Artisan Glass  By : Frank Vanderlugt
    Artisan glass refers to handblown or individually created glass
    items, as opposed to items such as standardized glass windows
    and other mass-produced products. Until a few hundred years ago,
    this description fit virtually all glass products.
  • Collectible Antique Glass Comes in All Shapes, Sizes and Colors  By : Ann Marier
    To know collectible antique glass you must understand how glass
    was made in the days from which your collectors clamor. Blown
    glass was made by molten glass placed on the end of a glass tube
    and blown up like you blow up a balloon. As it was being blown,
    it was shaped by various tools and when complete it was allowed
    to cool.
  • Rare Depression Glass Pieces  By : Murray Hughes
    Did you know that if you happen to have a crystal (clear) and
    pink Depression Glass refrigerator bowl in the Crisscross
    pattern in good condition and with its original cover, that it's
    valued at between $300 and $335? Or that Shirley Temple cream
    pitcher your grandmother keeps in the back of her upper cabinet
    could bring up to $1,250 at auction?
  • Depression Glass Trivia  By : Murray Hughes
    Depression glass facts make for interesting conversation,
    especially when you're at a convention or talking amongst other
    Depression glass aficionados. So here are a few items to get you
    started so you, too, can have some meaningful knowledge to put
    on the plate when you and your Depression glass collector
    friends gather 'round and chat.
  • Depression Glass Patterns  By : Murray Hughes
    Collectors of Depression Glass find not only its beautiful
    colors fascinating, but its patterns, as well. With many glass
    producers making this type of glass, as you can imagine, many
    patterns resulted, creating a wide array of pretty, practical,
    and inexpensive glassware affordable to every American household.
  • Collecting Artistic Glassware  By : Michelle Bery
    Glass for all its fragile grace, reflective colors, and unique shapes, starts as nothing more than sand. And yet suddenly, with the addition of heat and the skilled labor of the glass blower, a treasure arises from the ashes. And while sand just blows away, the artistic glassware that is born from it can last forever.
  • Lancaster Glass Co. 1908-1937 by John P. Zastowney  By : Vitreous
    This much anticipated book covers early crystal lines of glass by Lancaster, such as Colonial and the 411 Crown Line through the more ornately molded colored lines of the mid to late 1930ís.Values and dimensions are provided for known pieces that exist. A cross-reference section is included with those lines that share molded blanks and a name origin validation is added to assist the collector.
  • WorldArt Glass.Com - The Evolution  By : William Geary
    The information directory has evolved into a one stop resource for data on most aspects of historic and contemporary art glass. We currently have over 2700 sites listed for the visitor to review. There are currently over 700 visitors to the site on a daily basis with more and more visitors coming to our location from around the world.
  • American Brilliant Cut Glass  By : Carolyn M. Kleinpeter
    The history and characteristics of American Brilliant Cut Glass. from the 1830s to the 1900s.

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