Amp Up Your Class with Antique Glass!


Antiques span across so many different areas of home décor.  From their intricate shapes and design patterns to colors hard to find in contemporary décor, antiques are a classy and timeless addition to any space in your home.  Plus, antiques are not limited to just furniture and accessories.  Antique mirrors and glass were once constructed with the same craftsmanship as other antiques.

Glassware from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries is widely considered the peak era of glassmaking, making it one of the most common periods to collect.  Vintage glassware includes cups, pots, vases, containers, and other exquisite, decorative valuables.  They range in price from plain and inexpensive to ornate and lavish.  This guide compiles the most notable models as a starting point for novice collectors and experienced enthusiasts.

So, in this blog, we will discuss a little bit about what is antique glass, how to restore antique glass to its original sheen and shine, and why it might be a great addition to your home!

What Are the Types of Antique Glassware?

For its long heritage and sheer range of colors, designs, and types, antique and vintage glassware is highly sought after today.  The method of deciding the worth of these collectibles can be difficult and time-consuming, and it necessitates thorough analysis and comparisons.  Colors, condition, shapes, makers, and overall style characteristics are all factors to remember.  Below are some of the significant vintage glassware styles to consider.

  • Art Glass.  Art glass refers to the pioneering work of glassmakers at the turn of the twentieth century who experimented with modern methods and styles.  Vases, cups, glasses, paperweights, and even marbles were created as a result of their artistic abilities.  After the Art Nouveau period, demand for art glass fell in the U.S. before rising again in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
  • Crystal Glass.  Crystal is a high-quality glass made with lead, and it has a similar look to traditional glassware.  Crystal was popular with wealthy collectors because of its light-reflecting properties, and it became a popular serving choice during the nineteenth century.  Collectors regard crystal made during this time as antique, while glass made after World War I is commonly known as vintage.
  • Depression Glass.  The stock market crash of ‘29 prompted the development of low-cost Depression glass.  Its lower price point made it popular during the Great Depression for hosting tourists, daily use in kitchens, and generally brightening up homes during a gloomy period.  Depression glass, despite its lower value than other types of vintage glassware, continues to entice collectors with its vibrant colors and exquisite designs.
  • Milk Glass.  Milk glass, also known as opaque glass, was common in the 19th and early 20th centuries when it was manufactured as a less expensive alternative to European glass and china.  Milk glass, like other glassware, saw a renaissance in the ‘40s and ‘50s and has since been considered an "evergreen" collectible.

These are all types of antique glass, among others, that have that certain timelessness a lot of homeowners love.  Whether you own these types of glass for everyday use, or keep them displayed in your china cabinet, they will depreciate over time.  So, if you are looking for a glass repairman with years of exemplary experience, look no further than Frank Wright Glass!

How to Repair Antique Glass

As we have discussed, antiques are often extremely valuable pieces that are majorly irreplaceable.  We are not afforded the same beautiful attention-to-detail produced in most contemporary décor.  So, when our antique items break, crack, rust, fade, or discolor, you may be thinking how you might go about getting this artifact repaired?  Look no further!  Frank Wright Glass has the glass repair experts you need to not only for glass mirror resilvering but also precise glass repair.

Our recommendation is that you do not attempt to repair glass on your own if you do not have the necessary skills to perform the job.  You can end up further damaging or depreciating your items, and repairs might cost you more if something should happen.  Take your antiques to Frank Wright and we’ll treat these items as if they were our own.  Rest assured you are in the best hands in the area, and your antique glass and mirrors will appear like new once we are done with restoration!

Frank Wright Glass: Custom Glass Work, Stained Glass Repair, & Crystal Glass Repair in Detroit

Frank Wright Glass has been a pioneer in antique and stained glass restoration in Detroit for over 90 years.  Because of our premium glass repair services, Frank Wright has been known for our precise expertise.  You can rely on the professional team at Frank Wright for antique glass repairs, mirror resilvering, and crystal repair in Detroit and the surrounding areas, in addition to stained glass work.

Restore the charm of your glass antiques, apply decorative beveling to your mirrors, or get professional guidance about how to decorate your home or shop.  Frank Wright will breathe new life into old family heirlooms or fine glassware.  Each custom glass repair is handled with care and accuracy. Frank Wright also does it by hand, which is the only way it can be handled!

So, why would you use a middleman you don't trust?  Act with the dedicated craftsmen at Frank Wright Glass right at the source.  Fine glass crystal repair, mirror re-silveringhand beveling glassglass shower doors and tub enclosures, and other methods of repairing glass are among the services we provide.

Give us a call today at (313) 521-1888 or fill out our contact form!

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