Antique glassware appraisal

An antique is an old collectible item. It is collected or desirable because of its rarity, age, condition or other unique features. Usually it's an object that represents a previous era in human society. An often kind of antique pieces is glassware.

Do you have a piece of unique antique glass that you'd like to have valued? Perhaps it's a Tiffany glass lampshade, a string of Venetian glass beads or a beautiful vase of unknown origin?

Although glass is one kind of material, this type of material comprises a plethora of styles from different artistic periods such as Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, 20th Century designed glass and glassware like tableware and antique decanters.

That said, glass appraisals require more than just being able to identify the kind of glassware and its age and origin. An in-depth knowledge about the glass industry is required for a glass appraisal. Of course, it's nice to know the appraised value, which is definitely the stated goal of an appraisal. On the other side, the history of a particular glass piece can make it a much more alluring glass piece to own.

When seeking an appraisal on glass objects, owners often end up caring just as much about authenticity as value. Whether we are talking about French art glass, American art pottery or German porcelain, one has to be aware of the fakes, frauds, copies and reproductions that have flooded the market.

When a professional performs a glass appraisal, one of the first tasks is to actually determine what kind of glass it is.

Below are listed common types of glassware:

American Brilliant Cut glass 

This kind of glass is essentially self-defining. At the time, glass makers would start with a completely smooth glass surface and then decorate the glass piece completely by cutting it in patterns. This wasn't an easy task, so this glass is still very valuable. Even more, the so-called Brilliant period, when the majority of this kind of glass has been created, lasted from approximately 1880 to 1930.

Brilliant cut glass is in some cases similar to milk glass. Milk glass was named for its milky white color. It was first made in England during the 1700s. The height of its popularity in the United States was from 1870 to 1880.

Depression glass

This kind of glass is very collectable and popular amongst collectors. Its name comes from the era ofthe Great Depression - from the 1930s to the 1940s - and as a result of the economic condition of that period, this type of glass piece has been cheaply made and not a high-quality glass were used. The fact that this kind of glass is unique and rare, sometimes is surprisingly highly valued.

Pressed glass

This is a unique type of antique glass. Pressed glass pieces are pressed into a mold and thus created under a pressure. The process of creating pressed glass involves pouring the molten glass into a mold which forms the final shape. The mold can produce various designs and patterns.

Stained glass

Pretty much anyone will recognize this type of glassware. Most people naturally identify this type of glass with the large stained glass windows found in old churches. This glass usually comes in a form of lamps and the like. Several companies, including Tiffany, have created some stained glass lamps that are surprisingly very valuable.

Carnival glass

This has an interesting and rich history. In the early 1900s, the company called Fenton Glass found a way to make iridized glassware that was similar to the Tiffany-based style, but for a lower price. This glassware became very popular at the time and several other companies, including Imperial and Northwood, started using technology to produce high volumes of this popular beautiful glass.

However, when the Great Depression hit, people weren't interested in buying this expensive kind of glass so many companies ended up selling the glassware to traveling carnivals at extremely low prices. Now, it's interesting that at the time the carnivals would use the glassware as lottery prizes, so this type of glass pieces became quickly known as Carnival Glass.

At the end of the day, no matter what type of glass you've got, getting free antique appraisals online is easier than you think. It allows you to identify and evaluate your favorite antiques without spending money on a professional appraisal. You can find many free appraisal services online and with an accurate description and good photos of your glass piece, you may be able to obtain the appraisal you seek.

However, it is important to note that most insurance companies require a certified appraisers' report before they will insure an antique. That said, most experts agree that getting a free appraisal on the Internet is not very accurate. There are a lot of details that the appraiser won't be able to see without examining the piece personally. Additionally, you won't really known that the appraiser is truly an expert in the field.

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