I’m often asked how to tell if a vintage or antique glass piece
is pressed or cut glass, so I thought i’d share my tips with you.
Cut glass and pressed glass are produced in
different ways, so they have a different, look, feel and quality.
Pressed glass is a much quicker and cheaper
manufacturing process, so pieces often have quite a lot of small bubbles in
Many pieces of pressed glass have ‘seams’ as they are made in sections and then put
together, so look for the seam or joins, it’s often more obvious on the
underside of a piece or an area without patterning.
Both pressed and cut glass items can have really
ornate designs on them, but, the feel of the design on a cut glass piece will
be sharp around the edges, where as the texture of the design on a pressed
glass piece will be quite blunt.
Unless the piece is especially small and
delicate, cut glass will usually feel very heavy – pressed glass will have
weight to it, but, not feel as heavy.
If coloured, cut glass will often feature a
sharp contrast between the surface colour and the clear glass showing in the
I hope this helps and if you fancy a look at some of our lovely antique or vintage glass then visit our vintage shop and do a quick search for glass - we've got lots and lots - from jewellery to kitchenware!
We also have a couple of articles about the history of glass and how to identify glass bottles
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