Make: American Brilliant Period
Age: Antique (Late 19th Century)
Construction: Crystal Glass
Dimensions: 9" Tall x 5" Wide
Condition: Very good antique condition. no chips or cracks. A few small scratches near the base, but otherwise in beautiful condition. Please see photos
Details: Lovely, American Brilliant Period 9" vase. Completely clear crystal glass with hand cut pinwheels and 12 point star on bottom.
Cut glass, decorated entirely by hand using rotating metal or stone wheels, can be traced back as far as 1500 B.C. The dawn of electricity and industry in America as well as preparation for the country's 100th birthday caused a revolution in cut glass known as the American Brilliant Period, beginning in 1876 and lasting until the first world war. Before this point American glass houses found it difficult to compete with the perception of European glass superiority. The tide began to shift when rail transportation brought record attendance to the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Here, several American glass companies showed their beautiful pieces, captivating audiences with their work, and sparking a boom in American cut glass.