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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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Creator:Waterford Crystal
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By Waterford Crystal
Located in Farmington Hills, MI
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Late 20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Waterford Crystal

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By Waterford Crystal
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

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Late 20th Century Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Stamped "Waterford" Six-Light Art Deco Style Crystal Chandelier
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Irish Waterford Crystal Bowl Comeragh Pattern
By Waterford Crystal
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Late 20th Century Irish Modern Waterford Crystal

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Waterford Cut Crystal Finn Versailles Brass Table Accent Lamp Striped Shade
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dayton, OH
Waterford Finn cut crystal and Versailles brass table lamp with striped silk shade. 108-892-19-00 Measures: 4.75” x 4.75” x 18” / shade - 12.25” x 12.25” x 10.5” / height to top o...
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Late 20th Century Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Massive Custom Waterford Crystal Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Norwood, NJ
Massive custom Waterford Crystal chandelier. A large Waterford grand beaded and prismed ten-arm chandelier. Ten lights with five more interior lights with cut plume top crown underne...
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Late 20th Century Irish Regency Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Overture Crystal Wines by Waterford, 8.5" H-Set of 12
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

Materials

Crystal

Antique Irish Tipperary Waterford Glass Cut Crystal Bowl Georgian Centerpiece
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dublin, Ireland
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19th Century Irish Georgian Antique Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Pair of Waterford Crystal Avoca 10-Arm Chandeliers
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
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20th Century Irish Baroque Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal, Chrome

Set of 12 Vintage Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Glasses, Germany, circa 1990s
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Set of twelve luxury crystal wine glasses from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring a hand blown crystal with the patt...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Wat31 Set of 4 Flat Tumblers and Decanter by Waterford Crystal
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting an exceptionally rare wat31 set of 4 flat tumblers and decanter by Waterford Crystal. This is Pattern Number 31 from Waterford and is known as ‘Wat31’. It is extreme...
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20th Century Irish Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Waterford Crystal Wines in the Overture Pattern-Set of Twelve
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. M...
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1990s Irish Modern Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Mid-19th Century Irish Waterford Crystal Eight-Arm Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Atlanta, GA
Waterford crystal chandelier with eight (8) lights encased in etched crystal shades, spires, and drop prisms, Ireland mid-19th century.
Category

Mid-19th Century Irish Antique Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Pair of Waterford Clannad Brandy Goblets
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a gorgeous pair of Waterford Clannad brandy goblets. Made in Waterford, Ireland circa 1990. 100% Irish made. In original box and in mint condition. Beautiful h...
Category

20th Century Irish Beaux Arts Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Set of Twelve Waterford Vintage Sherberts
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of twelve vintage Waterford sherberts, circa mid-20th century. Irish crystal. Deep cuttings. Signed. Measures: Base diameter 3.00 inches. Made in Ireland.
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Irish Coventry Posy Cut Crystal Petite Vase, Waterford Marquis Collection
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Big Flats, NY
Irish Waterford Crystal Marquis Collection “Coventry Posy” petite vase features fan cuts and frosted petals, marked on base “Marquis by Waterford”, 20th century. Measures: 4.5" hei...
Category

20th Century Northern Irish Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Exceptional Early 19th Century Waterford Crystal Eighteen-Light Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional early 19th century gilt bronze and Waterford crystal eighteen light chandelier An etched crown above a crystal string body leading to a beaded basket with drop crysta...
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Early 19th Century Irish Antique Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Polished Chrome Crystal Candle Snuffer
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Polished chrome crystal candle snuffer. Size: 11"L x 1.5"D.
Category

2010s Northern Irish Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal, Chrome

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary German Beaux Arts Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Pair of English Victorian Waterford Crystal Wall Sconces
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English Victorian Waterford crystal wall sconces with two arms and beaded swags (PRICED AS Pair)
Category

19th Century English Victorian Antique Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Waterford Cut Crystal Horse Racing Vase and Jar Trophy Awards Group of 4
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Group of 4 Waterford cut glass lead crystal horse racing trophies. The group included one tall jar, a vase and a pair of smaller jars. All 4 pieces are signed Waterford on the bott...
Category

1990s Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

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

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

19th Century Victorian Antique Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal

Handblown Ovoid Tall Vases for Marquis by Waterford, Pair
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Amherst, NH
Pair of handblown tall ovoid shaped glass vases for Marquis by Waterford Glass Co. Marked.
Category

Late 20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal

Materials

Glass

Pair of Waterford Hollywood Regency Style Column Form Table Lamps
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Waterford Hollywood Regency style column form table lamps in the neoclassical manner. Each of these sleek and lean table lamps have brass framed crystal bases and upper frame...
Category

Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Waterford Crystal

Materials

Crystal, Metal

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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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