Glassware Price Guides

Identification and Value Guides for Old Glass

Carnival glass vase
Carnival Glass Vase. Dave Pape/Wikimedia Commons/PD

Antique and vintage glassware ranges from simple to fantastic, and affordable to outrageous - literally something for everyone. Use these online value guides to help you identify and value many different types of vintage glass.

Online Price Guides for Antique & Collectible Glassware from About Antiques:

    Learning about old glassware goes far beyond valuing it, however. In fact, oftentimes you have to figure out what type of glass you own before you can find the value. Take a look at these additional resources to learn more about your antique and collectible glass pieces. 

    Art Glass

    Some of the most beautiful and highly valued glass was made by a number of different companies in the 1890s and early 1900s. 

    • Durand Glass - Learn about a company that made gorgeous colored glass in the early 20th century. 
    • Tiffany Favrile Glass Marks - See several different marks used on authentic Tiffany glass.
    • Quezal Art Glass - Find out more about this beautiful glass with a connection to Tiffany and Durand.
    • Steuben Glass Works - Read about another glassware company with a following among collectors of art glass.

    Carnival Glass

    This type of glass made by a number of different companies is characterized by its "oil slick" coloring in varied hues.

     

    Depression Glass

    This molded glass is of low quality but its beautiful colors and fancy patterns have garnered a following with collectors nonetheless.

     

    Elegant Glass

    While made in both clear and colors like Depression glass, the quality of "elegant" glassware is significantly higher.

    • Cambridge Glass - One of the most popular producers of what collectors reference as "elegant" glass.
    • Fostoria Glass - Another very familiar name with collectors of high-quality elegant glassware. 
    • Heisey Glass - Rounding out the top companies in elegant glassware production, Heisey has a great following among collectors.  
    • Duncan and Miller Glass - While not as well known as the "big three" in elegant glassware production, this company made some lovely pieces in the same vein. 

      Fenton Glassware

      One of the most prolific of American glassware companies, Fenton made everything from cranberry glass to milk glass in a plethora of patterns. 

      Kitchen Glass

      An offshoot of Depression glass, many useful items were made in a variety of colors in the 1920s and '30s. 

      • Delphite Glass - This type of opaque blue glass was used for novelty items and tableware, but many kitchenware pieces were made with this type of glass, too.
      • Fire King - One of the most prolific names in kitchenware production, Fire King is very well known among fans of collectible glass.
      • Jadeite Glass - Martha Stewart revived the popularity of this glass in the mid-1990s and it has been a favorite among decorators and collectors alike ever since.
      • Platonite Glass - While tableware was also made with this type of white glass (that differs from milk glass), many collectors associate it with kitchen glass items.

      Milk Glass

      T his opaque white glass popular around the turn of the 20th century and again in the 1940s and '50s. 

      • Intro to Milk Glass - Learn more about milk glass motifs and the companies that made this type of glassware.