Discontinued Collectibles Guide

Glassware Collectibles

Glassware collectables

Collectors of glassware have the benefit of thousands of years of glass manufacture in just about every culture there has ever been. The range of potential collectables out in the wider world is therefore almost unlimited. However, due to the passage of time and the fragile nature of glass, most collectors have to be content with the glassware collectibles created in rather more recent times.

Glassware from the times of the ancient Phoenicians, Egyptians or Romans for example that has survived is almost certainly in the possession of museums around the world by now or maybe the odd multi millionaire collector who probably came by it by dubious means anyway! Never mind, such is the volume of production by the glassware industry in recent centuries that there are still plenty of collectables around to be bought, exchanged or inherited. Indeed such collectibles are still being created today so the supply is unlikely to dry up.

Like most subjects chosen for collecting, glassware can be collected in a variety of different ways. Some collectors like to specialise in particular types of artefact. Glass vases of all shapes and sizes created by different designers may be one collectors particular fancy. For another it may be drinking glasses that are particularly collectable. Then you can subdivide again, beer glasses, wine glasses, brandy balloons and so on. Cut glass items are very popular with many collectors, crystal carafes or even chandelier drops, all have their particular aficionados.

Then there are coloured glass collectibles. Often a collector will only be interested in coloured glass and that may be only glass of one particular colour or even shade of a colour. Glassware produced by a particular manufacturer may be the speciality you choose. Dartington crystal from Devon may be your favourite collectable or Whitefriars Glass from London may be your choice. Waterford crystal from the Emerald Isle is another very popular collectible, so much so as make it rival Guinness and racehorses as one of Ireland’s great gifts to the rest of the world!.

There are other collectors of course whose tastes are far more eclectic and who will happily collect anything as long as it is made from glass including glass containers such as bottles, although they are more usually regarded as a different specialisation altogether. However it does illustrate both the great variety of glassware collectables and how easily the boundaries between one type of collection and another can become blurred. The most important things to keep in mind though, as with all collectibles, are to follow your instincts as to what gives you the most pleasure to collect and when buying, always buy the best you can afford.

On each of the pages within this section dedicated to Glassware collectibles we have included links to live and current online auctions dealing in each theme. In addition, where known, we have added details of collector clubs, forums and websites. We wish you every success in tracking down the missing pieces of your discontinued Glassware collection and hope you will become a regular visitor to Accumulations. Remember it’s an ever-changing scene so it is always worth a return visit!

If you are interested in a specific type or genre of Glassware collectible, click on one of the following links:-

MuranoWhitefriars Glass

Please also check out the Glassware Books, Related Dealers and Useful Resources listed on this page.

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