Chipped wine glasses ,chipped water glasses ,chipped rock glasses, champagne glasses and chipped cordial glasses can be ground and polished to look like new. Crystal glassware is hand made and each glass is a little different size. Stemware from the major manufactures can be very expensive and some times the patterns have been retired so repairing is the only option.
Waterford Crystal , Baccarat Crystal , Lalique Crystal , Steuben Crystal , Orrefors Crystal , Tiffin , Fostoria , Kosta Boda, Cambridge, Stuard, Hawkes Crystal, Daum Crystal, I have repaired them all.
An antique Hawkes crystal wine glass was sent to me to be repaired. It had a chip on the rim . Hawkes cut crystal is one of the best cut glass companies of the American Brilliant Cut Glass area.
In 1880 Thomas G. Hawkes set up a cutting shop in Corning NY. He bought his fine handmade blanks from the Corning Glass Company. By 1886 the Hawkes Company was making glass for the White House In 1889 two of their cut glass patterns won the Grand Prize in the Paris Exposition. By the end of the nineteenth century the company was known for the best in cut glass. Even after the ware lost its general popularity, the Hawkes factory continued to produce cut glass of finest quality. Since all of their pieces were marked after 1895 (with two hawks), the new collector has easily identifiable glass in the Hawkes ware. A great deal of it has been made for special orders with monograms and even with crests. It offers a fascinating field to the collector who would like an historical collection of the patterns used by various presidents from 1886 to the present, or by well-known American families. Here is a type that has indeed been neglected.
From 1890, a period famous for cutglass, American factories produced a ware that differed appreciably from cut glass of the early 18oos. The glass itself was clearer due to finer ingredients and improved melting processes. Steam-run wheels made deeper cutting easier, although their use was not new to the period.
The thick lead glass, the handmade blanks, and the hours of skilled craftsmanship required for cutting decoration on blanks made this ware expensive. With today’s labor prices, the cost of producing tableware of this type would be prohibitive. The collectors who acquire this lovely crystal will have glass that will not be reproduced.
Although early Anglo-Irish glass was deeply cut, the patterns appearing after 1880 were more intricate and often completely covered pitchers, bowls, and candlesticks, even the rims and bases. The upper part of tumblers and necks of bottles were often the only clear areas, and even the latter were sometimes cut. The bases of most pieces had either a continuation of the pattern or a star. Like pressed glass, cut glass was made in sets for tableware. Articles such as chandeliers, candlesticks, candelabra, and vases were popular in early cut ware. By 1880 lamp shades and globes, complete lamps, and dresser sets were also made of cut glass.
“At no previous time have its uses been so many and its varieties so numerous. While the common glass is cheap beyond precedent, the finer glass, made from the best materials and highly wrought by hand, has exquisite beauties to which the world’s markets attach high values. It has the luminous brilliancy of colorless crystal, made by skillful cuttings to sparkle with white light or prismatic colors.” Thus one catalogue described its product.
Elaborate cut ware was beyond the reach of the majority, and therefore all the more desiw able. Factories making pressed glass soon foun” a substitute. Instead of selling plain blanks t the cutting shops, they pressed patterns into the blanks. Semiskilled cutters touched them up on the cutting wheel to make them almost perfect imitations of completely handmade articles. The short-cut method allowed a large supply to reach the market and as always happens when a scarce article becomes plentiful, cut glass no longer commanded so high a price. It was just a step to selling pressed blanks without the touching up on the cutter’s wheel, and then to making them of cheaper glass. “Near-cut” and “press-cut,” as the quantity productions were described, were advertised in mail-order catalogues as perfect imitations of popular cut ware.
By 1895 many factories were making this imitation cut glass. A decade later the deep cutting on hand-blown or machine-pressed blanks was rapidly going out of style. The market was so flooded with cheap imitation cut ware that by the time of World War I only a few cutting shops remained.
Until quite recently collectors of American glass have avoided cut ware because the early cut glass was considered to be Irish ware and the glass cut about 1900 not old enough to be considered an antique. For sometime, however, there has been a market for cut ware in the Southwest. Collecting either table sets (goblets, wines, sherbets, tumblers, plates, and odd pieces) or single decorative pieces, especially large fruit bowls, is becoming more and more popular everywhere. Those who start a collection now will be able to obtain a more complete set faster and more easily, and at a lower price, than in a few years.
The person who likes to collect one class of articles can choose small items such as knife rests, condiment sets, and the inevitable matchholders -hats, slippers, and boots. Cruets and cologne bottles are particularly lovely in cut glass, and powder boxes make very attractive candy containers. A punch bowl with the tray and cups is an expensive but very desirable set.
For the collector who wishes rare or cabinet pieces there are presentation, commemorative, and other special-order articles. Such a one is the large St. Louis punch-bowl set cut for the Libby Exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1904.
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Chips in water ,wine and rock glasses can be repaired . Chipped crystal stemware like this Hawkes Crystal water glass was made during the Brilliant Cut Glass Era . Hawkes Cut Glass was made in Corning NY. just across the river from Steuben Crystal. Some of my machines and cutting stones came from the old Hawkes factory.
Grand mothers pressed glass pitcher had a large chip in the spout. A nice light pink color glass but not a very valuable.
Its a glass with a history and it had to be restored. I found a glass with the same shape and transferred the top to the metal stem. I don’t know the history but she was very happy it was back in use.
Daum glass has a satin finish and it makes repairing chips very difficult. This vase came in with a chip on the side of one of the leaves. I polished out the chip to a shine and then had it match the satin finish. The satin finish is coarser than the frosted on a LaLique Crystal .
The H. C. Fry Glass company made beautiful cut glass . Henry Fry had the biggest and one of the best cutting rooms of the day . The factory was built in 1901 . The three plates pictured here came for that cutting room in Rochester Penna. They were chipped and needed minor repairs. Crystal repair on the best of the best is a very rewarding.
The saw tooth design is very easy to chip. I used small grinding stones that came from the Hawkes Glass Company in Corning NY to grind out the chips.
Then with cork , horse hair and felt wheels I polished the cystal back to a brilliant shine.
American brilliant cut glass punch bowl and pedistal with minor chips on the saw tooth was sent to me for repair. This bowl stands two feet tall and is a very valuable piece of crystal. It could be a piece cut crystal made by LIBBY but I look for a signature but wasn’t able to find one. I polished the chips on the teeth and it was a work out because this is a heavy crystal bowl. The crystal bowl and pedistal just set on one another.
The bowl and pedistal are not conected. There were chips on the pedistal.
Its a small little chip on the bottom of the stopper. Steuben makes the finest crystal in the world but they made colored glass many years ago. This is one of the old “ colored glass” Steuben pieces. They are very valuable so a small chip is well worth repairing. The repair is simple just grind the stopper down . The important part is to match the same grit size so the frosting on the glass is the right . I have been a crystal repair man for thirty years and I love glass. I get crystal sent to me from around the world and I very lucky to be able to repair so many nice pieces of glass.
Shown above is the stopper before repair.
The old Steuben glass is very valuable and very beautiful. Its one of my favorite glasses to work on.
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The antique cut crystal piece was broken and apiece was missing. I knew I would have to make a new pedal. Antique glass comes in many colors even the clear “crystal” glass. I found in my parts department a piece of antique glass the right color and shape for this repair. I ground and polished the new pedal. Crystal repair is challenging. With the replace pedal finished I beveled the side of the bowl so I would get a good bond. Then cut in the thumb prints design. Being able to grind and polish a piece of glass that been bonded together speaks well of the strength of the adhesive. This repair job came from Pittsburgh Pa. from a very nice lady. Who I quote ” it’s not a bad drive two hours tops a little shopping lunch and were on our way home. Many customers are surprised what kind of damaged crystal can be restored. Most clients after using my services say I didn’t know that could be repaired. I threw away a lot of glass that could have been repaired. I wish I knew about you.
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