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Waterford Crystal

Among glassware aficionados, the name Waterford has earned a place of eminence — both for antique crystal made by the original Irish company in the 18th and 19th centuries, and for new versions of the firm’s classic patterns produced after its rebirth in the 1940s. With either iteration, Waterford is a byword for traditional elegance.

Waterford crystal was born of a tax loophole. In 1783, business-minded brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in southeastern Ireland because Irish glass was exempt from steep British import duties. The two wanted to make fine-quality wares and hired artisans from England, including master glassmaker John Hill. The factory’s flint glass — a precursor to lead crystal — soon won a clientele among British and continental aristocrats. One of Hill’s aesthetic innovations was to polish glassware after a pattern was cut, to buff off the resulting frosted surface. The look became a Waterford trademark. Through the fame of its wine goblets, claret jugs and decanters, the firm continued to win honors at the many industrial expositions of the early Victorian era. But over those years, higher and higher luxury excise taxes were placed on fine crystal. Waterford products became prohibitively expensive, and the company closed in 1851.

The brand’s renown was still intact when it was revived in 1947 by a Czech glass manufacturer named Charles Bacik, who moved to Ireland after the Communist takeover of his country. For centuries, the region now called the Czech Republic had been the great glassware center of Middle Europe — source of crystal to great Viennese glass design firms such as Lobmeyr and Bakalowits. So Bacik brought with him the master glassblower and designer Miroslav Havel. In Dublin, Havel studied the old Waterford style book archives kept in the National Museum. He used these classic patterns as the basis for new ones such as Lismore, with its crosshatching and flame-like vertical cuts, and Alana, with its heavily textured diamond cuts. Past and present are thus linked at Waterford. As you will see on 1stDibs, antique or recently made, Waterford crystal is the essence of refinement.

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Victorian Waterford Crystal Pear
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
English Victorian Waterford crystal pear shaped apothecary jar with stopper.
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19th Century Victorian Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Vintage Waterford Lismore Crystal Wine Glass, Germany, circa 1990s
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Single luxe crystal wine glass from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring hand blown crystal with the pattern's signatu...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Pair of Midcentury Waterford Crystal and Brass Candlesticks
By Waterford Crystal
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of midcentury waterford crystal and brass candlesticks.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Brass

Set of 12 Overture Crystal Wines by Waterford, 8.5" H
By Waterford Crystal
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Set of 12 crystal Waterford wine glasses in the "Overture" pattern made between 1998 and 2008. A beautiful cut crystal pattern now discontinued. These are in nearly new condition. Me...
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1990s Irish Modern Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Pair of Waterford Millennium Collection Peace Toasting Goblets
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
PRESENTING a GORGEOUS Pair of Waterford Millennium Collection Peace Toasting Goblets. Made in Germany for Waterford, circa 2001. In original box and in mint condition. Model...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Beaux Arts Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Mid-20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal Cookie Jar with Lid
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
Bring a touch of historic glamour to a console, kitchen or office space with this important vintage crystal cookie jar. Created in Ireland circa 1960 and round in shape, the clear co...
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Mid-20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Stamped "Waterford" Six-Light Art Deco Style Crystal Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Stamford, CT
Stamped "Waterford" six-light crystal chandelier in the Art Deco manner. This fine cut crystal chandelier by the finest of crystal makers is simply stunning in every manner imaginabl...
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Metal

Evolutuion Art Glass Vase by Waterford
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive art glass vase signed Waterford Evolution. This impressive vase has a red tone top with swirling organic orangish forms decorating the bottom portion of the pie...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Post-Modern Waterford Crystal

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Waterford Crystal furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Waterford Crystal Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique pieces are often made of stone, and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Waterford Crystal furniture there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 26 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Waterford Crystal were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Royal Irish Silver Co., Waterford and Belleek Pottery Ltd.. The prices for Waterford Crystal furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$100 and tops out at US$135,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$573.

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