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 inquiring 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.
It is said that till the later years of the 18th century, glassware was not used for domestic purposes. Glass pieces that have existed for more than a period of 75 years are considered to be a part of the category of antique glass. Specialists in this business, however, prefer to call it ‘collectibles’ rather than 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 a magnifying glass.
Antique glass need not always be clear class, like the ones in the form of crystals. A piece of stained glass can also be a piece of antique. In the case of clear glass, it creates a beautiful pattern of light when light passes through it and is reflected on walls or ceiling whereas colored glass tends to shimmer when light falls on it thereby creating a radiant aura surrounding it.
Antique glass can be of different types and the list includes names like pressed glass, Depression glass, Victorian glass, carnival glass, opalescent glass and art glass. Each of these forms has distinctive characteristics. American pattern glass and Flint glass are also known to be quite popular amongst collectors.
It is not difficult to search for antique glass pieces in present times, given the availability of online resources. There are a huge number of online stores that deal in such glass pieces. However, you need to be aware of the intricate details of such a piece of glass to get the best deals. It also helps to have information about the current market price.
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.