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Original and Modern Uses of Antique Pressed Glass

Pressed Glass and Goblets
Pressed Glass and Goblets

Goblets - Wines - Tumblers - Toothpicks - Compotes - Cake Stands
Banana Stands - Creamers - Spooner - Covered Sugar - Covered Butter
Relish Dish - Shot Glasses - Celery Vases - Rose Bowl - Buttermilks
Fruit Bowls - Bread Plates - Jelly Compote - Fruit Nappies
Water Pitchers - Milk Pitchers - Punch Bowls



Early Pressed Glass Goblets are the perfect choice of glasses for entertaining with. Early Pressed Glass Goblets were originally Water Goblets. Today, people are using them for their original use as well as for serving wine. Many people find great pleasure in personalizing their collections, by focusing on a theme, a similarity within the pattern, collecting a specific origin of patterns (like Nova Scotia Glass), collecting goblets with pattern on the foot of the glass, fruits, flowers, and much more. The Goblets come in many different sizes, so one can set the table with both Water and Wine sized glasses. Adding to the fun and enjoyment of collecting a variety of patterns is the idea that your guests are able to pick out a favorite pattern for themselves. Not only does everyone have preferences with what appeals visually, but also what feels comfortable in your hand. In having this option available, your guests will be getting the greatest enjoyment of their beverage choice, as well as never having to worry about mixing their glass up with other guests. Using these beautiful goblets, will enhance your table display and create great discussion among your guests.


The Wine Glass of this period is very small in size, only measuring an average height of 4 inches tall. Originally, in the 1800's, our wine was shipped from Europe. This was long before we had our own vineyards in North America. Wine would travel by boat, from Europe and by horse and buggy to your town or village. This traveling greatly increased the costs of the wine, making it very expensive and only a treat after dinner. Although this seems very strange to be consuming such a small sample, the wine of the day was strong, having a high alcohol percentage, comparable to liquor today. Having made these in various sizes as well, they are very popular for liqueur, port and sherry glasses. Many collectors enjoy a fine glass of ice wine, feeling that this is most appropriate for the little antique wine glass. As part of your guest bathroom, you can leave several wines around a small decanter of mouth wash. To add colour to your table display, use the wine glasses as individual miniature flower vases at each place setting. A single rose in front of each table setting enhances the display and adds a wonderful aroma to the already eye appealing presentation. After dinner, use the little wine glasses to serve individual mints as a special treat to your important guests.


Originally Tumblers were used for serving water, juice and lemonade. The larger sized tumblers, known as Iced Teas, were intended for just the purpose by which they are named, Iced Tea Tumblers. Many people today are using these durable glasses for water (more often the iced tea size) and for juice and mixed drinks. The antique pressed glass bar tumblers, wider than the standard water tumbler are the chosen glass for scotch and whisky. Many people enjoy using the bar tumblers for mixed drinks at social events. Again, they come in many patterns, so each of your guests can have a different pattern.


Everyone knows that is it very important to clean your teeth after every meal, but this era was before we had invented plastic, and long before the invention of the toothbrush. After mealtime, you would seek out the tiny glass container that would hold the wooden toothpicks to relieve your gums and clean your teeth. Many people have continued to use these cute little pieces for the same purpose. For serving hor d'oeuvres, display the toothpicks in several of these beautiful pieces. Using these toothpick holders is a simple and friendly way of encouraging your guests to self serve. Also, these little pieces make great tea-light candleholders. For the best effect with the light of the flame, choose a toothpick holder with lots of design and shapes in the pattern. These patterns, resembling cut glass, best reflect the light, mirroring the shapes of the pattern on the display table. It is recommended, if you are using the toothpicks as tea-light holders, use only the plastic cupped lights and avoid the metal cups. The heat with the flame and the metal could get to intense for the glass. If your tea-lights do not have cups, use sand to keep the flame from reaching the bottom. This technique also prevents the hassle of lifting hard wax from the glass. You can also purchase coloured sand from a craft store and match the colours in your room or match the colour of your tablecloth. Toothpicks can be used as individual flower vases for each place setting for the ladies at a dinner party, cotton swab holders in the bathroom.They can now be used for battery operated tea-light candles with no risk of a flame breaking the glass.


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Sean George
Pressed Glass & Goblets
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Arthur, Ontario Canada
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