Me: “So how would you like to come see your best friend and write it off as a business expense?” 

Sharon: “I’ve already bought my ticket.” 

Thus began our trip to the American Cut Glass Convention in Atlanta earlier this month. The ACGA is a non profit group, primarily of collectors, who desire to educate folks about the beautiful art form that is American Cut Glass.  So what does one do at an ACGA convention?  For starters there are many classes on (primarily) American Brilliant Cut Glass.

It turns out there is a lot you can learn just by feeling the glass – who knew?

Besides classes there was a silent auction, collectors sale, pattern identification contest and two field trips to collectors homes which we greatly enjoyed.  

(Sorry for the graininess but the lights were very low.)  

In addition to all of this the highlight for us was the Cut Glass Show, which was A-mazing!  The main picture above is Ed Sawicki’s Memories Antiques booth. 

There were about 16 dealers there and every booth was filled with rare and beautiful crystal glass.  American Brilliant, Rock Crystal, Gravic, Engraved and names like Tiffany, Hawkes, Sinclaire, Steuben and Libbey.  One of the most pleasant surprises – unlike most shows – we were able to pick up and examine the glass as we pleased, what a treat.   

 Sharon admires a Dorflinger cut glass & silver pitcher.  

I have to say that my pictures do NOT do justice to the glass, entering the show was dazzling and everything sparkled like a million diamonds.  I wish everyone could attend one of these in person just to see it.  Here are some of our favorites:

Tiffany, Stuben & American Brilliant glass

Baccarat (green) in the foreground- gorgeous! Libbey (black & clear) behind.

This huge show stopper vase by Redlich & Co. (early 1900s NY) recently sold at an Atlanta auction – and it sold again at the show.

Assorted American Brilliant – the lamp is by Bergen (CT)

More gorgeous glass – the dot on the bowl marks a hard to find signature.

The picture just doesn’t capture the beauty – this was one of my favorite pieces. Stevens & Williams (England)

Love the engraved piece. The miniature oil lamp (R) works and would have been designed for a bedroom or possibly a salesman’s sample.

Many of the glass companies, such as Meriden, started out as silver companies. Stunning repousse work on this one.

This Sinclaire plate looked like squares of crushed diamonds!

Art Deco Console set by Libbey, the dots mark signatures

Punch anyone?

The black pieces are Libbey married with crystal Dorflinger cups. They were jaw dropping in person.

Meriden bowl (L) and a beautiful rock crystal silver and glass jar at Ryan Fleisher’s Critical Glass booth.

Not all glass is clear! Sinclaire cut vase in black

The centerpieces at our conference tables – what else would you expect at a glass conference?

Pairpoint (MA) is one of my favorite makers. They have been in business since 1837.

Shows are open to the public for the last two days and the conference was well done, I would encourage you to attend one if ever you are able. 

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