Libbey Lowball glass
Libbey is most likely familiar to anyone who has enjoyed a glass of wine. One of the largest suppliers of tableware in the world, we manufacture the most glassware in the Americas.
The best moments in life should be celebrated, and Libbey offers a wide selection of drinkware, ceramic dinnerware, metal flatware, serving ware, and home decor items to support this.
Libbey lowball glasses are made from commercial-grade, premium-quality crystalline that can handle cocktails as well as other bar drinks. If you are planning a house party, this would be the perfect glass to drink from. Lowball glasses are shatter-proof, so they are ideal for backyard barbecues. Now you can enjoy fine whiskey snifters without worrying about your friends breaking your glasses. The whiskey glass looks great behind any bar rail, whether you’re an enthusiast or a pro.
History of Libbey glass company
The first New England Glass Company was founded in 1818 in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the firm did not move to Toledo until some 70 years later when the owner’s son moved the company there. Libbey Glass Company, which began to produce machine-blown glassware in the early 20th century, had changed its name by then. Many of the popular mid-20th century crystal whiskey glass tableware sets were produced by partnering with designers and artists who added patterns and textures to the glass. Although informally known as Libey, the company is still one of the largest producers of glassware today.
Identifying Libbey Lowball glass
The Libbey Glass Company, following other glass manufacturers, marked its pieces with trademarks to identify them as originating from the company. A vintage Libbey glassware can be identified by three different patterns of the Libbey trademark. Among them are:
- Double Circle – The trademark was created circa 1924 and features a cursive capital ‘L’ surrounded by two circle
- Single Circle – A cursive capital ‘L’ sits inside a single circle in this trademark originating circa 1955.
Types of Vintage Libbey Glass
A wide variety of glassware manufactured by Libbey can be found during the mid-century period, due to Libbey Glass Company’s career of production. You will find examples of the following pieces, although the designs and colors will vary:
- Collins glasses
- Stem glasses
- Whiskey glasses
Vintage Libbey Glass Decorations
The distinct look of Libbey glass is partly due to the fact that it isn’t exhaustive in its design; if you happen to have an interest in an unusual or niche motif or hobby, chances are they have made a glass with a pattern depicting it. However, it does make it increasingly important to verify the company stamps on these glasses. You should only purchase Libbey pieces that can absolutely be identified as Libbey based on their markings, if you’re not interested in finding a pattern catalog or having it appraised. Below are some of the categories that you might encounter when researching Libbey glassware:
- A variety of recurring motifs are printed in gold
- Holiday designs to commemorate the season
- Unique scenes frosted on a glass
- Carousel and horse patterns
- The pattern of an animal, such as flamingos
- Wheat stalks and other natural motifs
Libbey Glass strives for excellence
A lot of variety exists in terms of prices for Libbey glassware, since it is a collectible that can range from extremely affordable to extremely expensive. There are some rare pieces and large sets that are among the most expensive. The price ranges between $10 and $35 per piece for individual pieces. One online auction features a 6-piece set of vintage Green Giant Collins glasses for $600, while another features a 6-piece set of commemorative glasses for the 50th anniversary of 20th Century Limited for $1400.
Become a Vintage Libbey Glass Lover
Antiques and vintage items have always interested you, but you’ve avoided starting a collection because you are concerned about spending money on useless items and with things consuming valuable space in your house, Libbey glass would be a perfect addition to your collection. You can replace boring, plastic glassware in your kitchen with these mid-century modern designs of racing horses and swirling leaves that are safe to use today. You’ll be glad you stopped by your local antique store to look for a tall tumbler with the signature ‘L’ on the bottom.