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Choosing Antique Glass For Beauty And Profit

By Jack Michaels

A piece of antique glass would definitely catch your eye even if it is in a room full of other ornate items. These exquisite pieces come in diverse shapes and sizes and add to the decor of your interiors. You can always buy an antique glass piece and use it as a showpiece. You will find every other visitor enquiring about it and asking where they will find one for their homes as well. The stained glass found in cathedrals is a classic example of such glass.

Till late 18th century, glassware was not introduced in the domestic realm although glass usage had been common for several years. Any glassware dating back more than 75 years is usually listed under the type of antique glass. However, experts in this field prefer to define this glass as ‘collectibles’ than an antique.

There are others who differ in their opinion and believe that a piece of glass need not date back to antiquity to be regarded as an antique piece. Its value depends upon its make, its unique nature and its demand amongst the antique dealers as they are the ones who can distinguish between an authentic antique glass piece and any other ordinary glass like magnifying glass.

As a matter of fact, an antique glass may not be necessarily clear like crystals they can be colored as well. A stained glass too can be a unique antique piece found especially on chandeliers, churches, cathedrals and in classic lampshades. While in case of a clear glass, the lights get beautifully reflected offering a rainbow like impression reflecting on the floor, mirror or wall whereas the colored ones can glitter as and when light falls upon thereby generating a glow and elegance all over.

There are numerous varieties of antique glass. Some of the most popular variants are opalescent glass, Victorian glass, Depression glass, carnival glass etc. They are known for their characteristic features. Two more collectors’ favorite pieces are Flint and American pattern glasses.

With the presence of online sites or resources it is not at all difficult to look for antique glass these days. You can easily browse through numerous online stores especially dealing in antique glassware. However, it is always recommended to determine certain details like the recent or present market price of antique glassware. This will help you to get the best deal possible. Furthermore, it helps you to gather information on the present market price to ensure fair price for your cherished collection.

Carnival glass is one of the most popular antique glass collectibles and comes in a wide variety of colors. The radiant exterior of the glass is due to the fact that it is colored with metallic salts at a time when it is hot and after which it is put back into the fire. This heating gives the glass its beautiful appearance. Though this form of glass was originally manufactured to be an expensive form, it did not become as popular as it was expected to be at that point of time.

Depression glass has also gained popularity as a form of antique glass. It was manufactured at the time of the Great Depression in the United States and therefore acquired its name from it. Macbeth Evans, Federal Glass and Hocking Glass were some of its key manufacturers and sold it at that time at a meager amount. It is mainly available in pink, green and blue colors. Its nominal price kept its sale on track even in the face of a severe financial crunch.

With the availability of such diverse forms of glass, it is difficult to choose the best antique glass for your home. No matter what you choose be careful to keep it at a safe place, preferably out of the reach of children. You definitely do not want your precious antique glass to shatter into pieces while your kids enjoy a session of play.

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