Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns & Identifying Features (2023)

Did you know that the stepped, blunt faceted patterns you see on the old glassware belong to the pressed glass era, a key attraction of the 1800s Victorian period? If you didn’t, you’re not alone! Because identifying pressed glass patterns among others, can be a tough task!

But interestingly, these patterns display some unique features like regular faceting, visible mold seams, which can help you spot it! And once you know it’s a pressed glass pattern, this guide will help you verify if it’s a vintage one and how to price it in the most efficient way!

Key Takeaways

  • You can identify vintage pressed glass patterns by their aged patina, bubbles, crude molding lines & seams.
  • Branded pressed glass patterns, such as those from Fenton or Northwood, cost more due to their natural designs & frosted finishes.
  • You’ll get many listed pressed glass patterns like Daisy & Button, Hobnail, Royal Lace, etc. Of these, the Marigold & Hobnail ones are the most expensive.
  • It’s not just the bowls; You can get pressed glass patterns with products like Cake stands, Trays, Baskets & Figurines too!

How to Know if Pressed Glass Patterns Are Vintage or Not?

Vintage Crystal Patterns with Grooves & Fine lines

You can identify vintage pressed glass patterns with their aged features – stains, mold marks and blunt motifs. But if you want the valuable ones, it’s better to VERIFY the following features too:

  • Intricate & Symmetrical patterns – Flowers, Geometric shapes, Stars, Fruits & Animals
  • 3D, Folded or Bubbled ridges & seams
  • Aged stains, Imperfections, Bubbles, or Molding lines
  • Superior finishes – Gold trims, Etched details & Handpainted details
  • Unique textures – Ribbed, Crinkle & Frosted

Who Made the First Pressed Glass Patterns & When?

The first collectible pressed glass pattern is from the 1800s. But even before that, we had some molded glass motifs from 1200 BCE Egypt. But these were really heavy – without any designs or patterns. In fact, many used old papyrus or leaves as molds and broke easily!

Then, in the 1800s, John P. Bakewell revived the art for all! Like, he used a plunger to shape & carve liquid glass. But this ‘Lacy’ pattern was rough and difficult to imitate.

So, in 1825, John made his own pressed glass machine. And he used it to make more ‘Lacy’ pattern products – bowls, decanters, and whatnot! With time, he explored more hobnail & floral designs with different glass brands too!

However, there was a terrible Economic Depression in the 1920s. And so, people moved to cheaper, simpler glass forms called the ‘Depression Glass.’ You’ll still get some colored, pressed glass patterns from this era, but those won’t be intricate and precious.

7 Names of Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns & Their Value

Branded Old Glass Pitchers worth $1000

Let’s list all the available pressed glass patterns, their top features, and values below:

Sr no.Old Pressed Glass Pattern NameHow to Identify? YearDesignerEstimated Value
1.Daisy & ButtonA geometric pattern with small daisies, 8-sided buttons, and frosted finishes1800 – 1920Hobbs$15 – 120
2. HobnailSmall, raised nubs with Pink, Red, or Purple walls & Ribbed finishes1800sNew England Glass Company$20 – 300
3. American SweetheartCurved scrolls & designs with a central mesh and grooves1920MacBeth – Evans Glass Company$10 – 100
4.Baltimore PearIntricate design of Pears & Leaves with Clear, Amber, Green & Blue walls1906Hazel Atlas Glass Company$15 – 200
5.Royal LaceFloral pattern with central, stylized flowers, leaves, and a lacy design1887New England Glass Company$15 – 150
6.Fenton PeachblowExclusive peach-colored hues with smooth, ribbed edges1900sFenton Art Glass Company$30 – 200
7. MarigoldBright yellow geometric patterns with small, raised dots1900sHazel Atlas Company$15 – 300

Try to get pressed glass patterns with fused, blown, or lampwork glass for a better value.

6 Cues to Identify Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns & Value Them

Now let’s check how different factors like age, brand, and color change the value of different pressed glass patterns:

1. Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns Date & Age

Old Glass Decanters from the Early 17th Century

Want to know if your pressed glass pattern’s old & worth enough? Well, just rotate it and check for any date stamp on the base or seams. Also, check the finishes! Usually, the old 1830s patterns look textured, while the 1900s patterns are smooth.

But it’s not just the finishes! Read on to learn more about era-specific features & their values:

Old Pressed Glass Pattern YearAgeTop Collectible FeaturesAverage Cost
1820s194 – 203 yearsLacy, intricate designs with geometric, floral, pictorial, or patriotic designs & Gray or Purple tints$50 – 400
1850s164 – 173 yearsExclusive Cup Plate, Thumbprint, or Eye motif designs with clear or colored glass sides$20 – 300
1900s114 – 123 yearsAmerican pattern glass motifs with Hobnail, Daisy & Pineapple carvings$10 – 250
1920s94 – 103 yearsColored – Pink, Green, Amber & Blue patterns with Romantic scrolls, Cherry blossoms, and branch designs$5 – 100

2. Old Pressed Glass Pattern Products

Different Shapes of Old Glass Pitchers in the Market

Old pressed glass patterns come in an array of products – dinnerware, cups, drinking glasses, you name it and have it! Of these, the typical bowls, dishes, and baskets might have old 1820s patterns, while the new products – ashtrays & figures might be common & cheaper.

Here’s how each pressed glass product impacts its final resale cost:

Old Pressed Glass ProductsEstimated Value
Bowls – Dessert, Fruit, Cereal & Mixing Bowls$20 – 200
Plates – Dessert, Bread, Cheese & Dinner Plates$50 – 400
Cake Stands, Casseroles & Coasters$15 – 200
Drink ware – Coffee cups, Glasses, Goblets, Decanters & Bottles$10 – 100
Trays & Small Baskets$20 – 150
Ashtrays$5 – 80
Figurines & Decorative Bells$10 – 120

Small & new products – ashtrays and figurines might have colored, Marigold or Fenton Peachblow patters, but most of the old ones have clear, Hobnail, Royal Lace or American Sweetheart designs.

3. Antique Pressed Glass Pattern Brands

Vintage Crystal Patterns with Frosted Designs

Does your pattern have any embossed logos, signs, or marks? If yes, it’s a branded one worth $500 or more. And not just logos; you can spot them by their intricate patterns, gold-speckled inlays & regional designs too! Also, look for tasseled or laced edges on the sides!

Here’s a table to know the worth of each pressed glass brand:

Old Pressed Glass BrandsSpecial & Unique FeaturesAverage Value
Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (1825)Intricate Lacy designs with ribbed edges and whitish walls$20 – 250
Fenton Art Glass CompanySuperior Hobnail & Carnival motifs with frosted walls$20 – 300
Heisey Glass Company (1896)Clear & Transparent glass walls with miniature cut-glass motifs$10 – 250
Indiana Glass CompanyIntricate motifs – Daisy, Button, Tea room & Grape with a signed logo at the base$30 – 150
Northwood Glass CompanyBlue or Ivory pressed glass designs with etched Grape, Cable, or natural carvings$30 – 700
Anchor Hocking (1900s)Simple, molded pressed glass patterns with an etched ‘H’ logo & ‘Made in USA’ stamps$10 – 300

Pick rare ‘Made in America,’ ‘Japan,’ or ‘European’ pressed glass patterns for the best value.

4. Old Pressed Glass Pattern Colors

Different Types of Old Pressed Glass Pattern Colors

Do you know that different pressed glass patterns have different colors? Well, not the fully opaque ones, but surely the ones with light blue, green or red tints. Of these, the clear ones cost more due to their old 1800s make, while the colored 1870s ones might be a bit cheaper.

And here’s how to price such unique colors:

Vintage Pressed Glass Pattern ColorsEstimated Price
Clear & Transparent$20 – 300
Beige & Brown$5 – 200
Black, White & Gray$10 – 200
Metallic Gold & Silver$40 – 300
Red, Orange & Yellow$15 – 300
Green. Blue & Purple$10 – 200
Pink & Pastel Shades$5 – 80

Rub your finger and check the pattern’s texture carefully. Usually, patterns with Ribbed, Frosted, Paneled or Scalloped edges are more valuable.

5. Vintage Pressed Glass Pattern Style

Old Art Nouveau-style Pressed Glass Patterns

Surprisingly, people made pressed glass patterns all over the globe. So each has some regional elements or local maker marks that impact the value. For example, the Victorian ones look ornate, while the American ones are a bit lavish. So let’s check their resale values:

Antique Pressed Glass Pattern StylesAverage Cost
Victorian or William & Mary$20 – 300
Art Deco & Art Nouveau$20 – 250
Federal, Dutch Colonial & Chippendale$10 – 80
American Empire$5 – 60
Gothic & Georgian$20 – 150
Renaissance$5 – 50

6. Antique Pressed Glass Pattern Motifs

Old Frosted Fruit Patterns on Vintage Glass

It’s not just flowers; some old pressed glass patterns had animal, geometric, or religious designs too! And each of these different motifs affected the making time, carvings, and ultimately the resale cost. Let’s see how!

Old Pressed Glass MotifsEstimated Value
Floral – Roses, Daisies & Magnolias$5 – 200, as per the condition
Geometric – Diamonds, Squares, Circles$10 – 150
Animals & Birds$10 – 60
Fruits – Grapes, Peaches & Pears$20 – 200
Lacy Designs, Scrolls & Swirls$20 – 300

Are Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns Durable? 

Yes, vintage pressed glass patterns don’t have any lead content and usually last well for 200-300 years until you drop or break it.

Can Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns Have Bubbles? 

Yes, vintage pressed glass patterns can have bubbles, especially at the base or the seams, due to the air inside the molds.

How Do You Clean Vintage Pressed Glass Patterns? 

Prepare a 1:2 solution of rubbing alcohol and water, dip a cotton swab, and brush off all the corners vigorously. Now, air dry it for 2-3 hours and wrap the patterns in a newspaper for storage.

Old pressed glass patterns will help you identify different glass antiques – perfume bottles, pitchers & drinking glasses like a pro! You just need to note all the motifs & marks you see and compare them from the tables. Also, avoid broken patterns as those won’t value much!

Judith Miller
Judith Miller

Judith is an antique expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of antique identification and valuation. She has reviewed over 30 thousand vintage items and has worked with numerous antique shops. She enjoys seeing new places, attending antique shows and events, and sharing her knowledge with people! Know more about me

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