Antique glass has a magical quality that attracts collectors who appreciate beauty in form and function.
Glass is tough and wonderfully refuses to age like most other antiques and collectibles. Glass retains its beauty and its form while other items are worn down by age and use.
Glass objects are usually dated by their shape, colour and form. They rarely bear makers marks and are very seldom signed by the talented artists that produce them. And so, they require a practiced and experienced eye to determine where and when they were produced.
All glass objects start out as sand mixed with a few dry ingredients, but with the addition of heat and the manipulation of a talented glass blower we get all types and all shapes & colours of glass.
- Soda Glass has to be constantly reheated during creation
- Flint Glass actually uses flint as an ingredient and is prone to crizzling
- Lead Glass is tough and heavy, gives great clarity and can be faceted
- Potash Glass can be greenish in colour or with the addition of chalk can can be colourless and good for engraving
The final appearance or finish on any antique glass object is dependent upon the processes it is subjected to, the ingredients added and the skill of the craftsman that produced it. It's also dependent upon the techniques and tools available at the time of production.
Antique Glass decoration can cover a whole range of techniques and processes including everything from adding metallic oxides for colour to trailing, prunting, lampwork, engraving, enamelling, gilding, grinding and cutting.
For glass collectors there are an extensive range of types, periods, manufacturers, shapes and forms to specialise in collecting. There really are few limits to glass collecting.