Identifying Vintage Drinking Glasses?

Identifying Vintage Drinking Glasses - glasses with yellow and white designs around the outsideI found 7 of these drinking glasses today for a great deal. My wife loves the look of them. I was just wondering if they are truly vintage or modern reproductions. Thank you.


Identifying Vintage Drinking Glasses

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June 23, 20190 found this helpful

They look to be from the 1950s or 1960s. They could be up to $5 a glass.

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June 24, 20190 found this helpful

I suggest finding a good vintage dealer in your town and taking them to the person to have them take a look see.

Is there a signature in any of the patterns? Most of the real vintage ones were signed by the company/artist, but not all.


To me, they look too new. The yellow is not the vintage yellow shade and the ring around the top does not look true to the old pieces. Lastly, the number on the bottom doesn't ring true to vintage either.

I will caveat all of this with the fact that I have NOT seen every piece of MCM actual glass made so there may be a chance they are the real deal.

I hope I am wrong since the real vintage ones are super hot right now, especially if they are signed.

These remind me of what is called (I am drawing a blank if it is the actual name or what they call them) but an or the "atomic" pattern.

Do the patterns feel ROUGH or SMOOTH? Rough are usually the vintage (they feel different), repros are usually SMOOTH. Now if someone used them and washed them the rough feel could have literally washed off.


This is why I suggest having an expert look at them.

Also if they were original vintage, they would have come in a set of 8 with a metal caddy. Without one glass, and the caddy (and the bonus if you have the missing ice bucket, if they are real, those points drop the value.

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June 24, 20190 found this helpful

These may be from the 1950-60's but as to the brand - that is probably anybody's guess as it looks like about 90% of the 'vintage' glasses listed are not identified by brand because there were so many made and most of this type was not signed and many had no markings.


Of course these could be reproductions as Pghgirl suggested because similar glasses are still being made by several companies but not in such large quantities as in the 50-60's.
I'm just not sure of the top part of the glass as this reminds me of the 'jelly' glasses that have been made over the years.
Frosted glasses were some of the favorites and also 'raised' design but smooth surfaces were also made.

I believe this design was called 'atomic snowflake' and the design was used by several different companies. Clocks were also made in this design during this same period.

When researching, you could look for several words: snowflakes, atomic snowflakes, starburst among others as many sellers do not know the original design name and just call them 'vintage glasses'.


If you are really interested in knowing more you can find almost all of these glass companies online and most will answer an inquiry if you send them a picture of your glasses.

I believe Libby has always been the largest producer of this type of glass (and still today) but other companies have produced large quantities in the past. But many of Libby's glasses have markings and this does not look like one of theirs.

It is true that some of these are selling for up to $5 each but they may not be a fast seller.
You can check out these listings as they seem a little similar; especially the 'atomic snowflake'.

This glass is the same shape as yours:


I hope you will enjoy your glasses as they sure have the 'retro' look.

Now if you ever run across vintages glasses with the marking on the side that says 'Fred Press' you should think about buying them as these are probably the most expensive vintage glasses around right now..

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