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crystal barware

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by GQgeek, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    I'm having a bitch of a time finding something exactly to my liking.

    I've looked at Orrefors, Waterford, Nambe, Steuben, V&B, and Baccarat. My dad used to have a perfect set of cross and olive patterned tumblers/old fashione, but I can't find anything their equal today. What i've found seems to lack refinement in that the patterns are all unbalanced in some way. For some, the cutting starts too close to the bottom of the glass, making the base seem too small and on others the cutting is too large. Why is it so difficult?

    And just in general I'm having trouble finding anything with a rim that matches the rims on my Riedel wine glasses. I understand the glass on a tumbler or OF or highball will be thicker, but I don't like to feel any roundness to the edge at all.

    Are there any obscure brands I could look at? Don't care about price.

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  2. CouttsClient

    CouttsClient Well-Known Member

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    Christophe has very nice items that maybe to your liking
     
  4. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    Have you browsed www.1stdibs.com ?

    Didn't find anything, but woah, cool site.
     
  5. CouttsClient

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    Didn't find anything, but woah, cool site.
    Indeed it is. I have to be very careful when I visit that site I'll ask some friends about your crystal issue to see if they know of other brands
     
  6. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    Think I might have to put the specific glass i'm looking for out of mind. There's a bunch of stuff in general ballpark but it's all a little off and I don't think anyone makes it anymore.

    That said, even though I generally prefer a straight shape, I'm liking this from Baccarat more than anything else currently available:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. CouttsClient

    CouttsClient Well-Known Member

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    Consider calling Baccarat or any of the other companies to explain to them your ideal glass. They may have something that isn't listed on their website or something from past collections available to those who ask

    The glass you posted is gorgeous
     
  8. turboman808

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    The Baccarat you posted looks really nice.

    Problem with newer crystal is they smooth everything down. The cut of vintage crystal may be more to your liking but you may not like the style and finding a whole set may prove next to impossible. My guess is they smooth everything down now to make them less prone to breaking.
     
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    Perhaps:http://www.christofle.com/us/45-crys...shion-scottish Look at William Yeoward: http://www.williamyeowardcrystal.com....asp?RangeID=3 They make reproduction crystal and might have something you like You said you don't care about price and with that...Theresienthal makes a Balmoral collection that may be to your liking. They create outstanding pieces. The Balmoral collection can be purchased here: http://www.artedona.com/en/Brands/Th...ers.html?cur=3 http://theresienthal.de/cms/front_content.php?idart=26 [​IMG] Hope that helps
     
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    The Theresienthal stuff is really nice and i'd never heard of them before. I've got some more options to consider now. Thanks, CC.
     
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    The Theresienthal stuff is really nice and i'd never heard of them before. I've got some more options to consider now. Thanks, CC.
    You are welcome. Glad to be of help
     
  13. impolyt_one

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    FWIW I like highball glasses in styles like this, more often than not (I actually drink my highballs from an older Baccarat collection that looks similar to this, with more ring build towards the middle - nice hand feel) http://baccarat.neimanmarcus.com/sto...ndex=13&tid=C9 I like the cross-cut patterns as tumblers, though I rarely drink anything from old fashioned glasses. If I drink whisky I'll just take it in a Glencairn or a Riedel digestif. I am not bothered by wider rims on crystal barware, tbh. I like a sharp rim on a wine or champagne glass like anyone else, but I think highballs should be fairly sturdy.
     
  14. Huntsman

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    I like sturdy, fairly square tumblers for whisky -- when I want a tumbler for my whisky, which despite the joys of Glencairn glasses, or like impolyt, a Reidel (but the XO cognac) , I often do -- but they must have a nice cut glass rim -- the defining characteristic of a good glass to me. I have six vintage tumblers that my father let me confiscate because I love them so much: This business with ImageShack is annoying -- I have a lot of stuff up there. It should work as a link, but youll likely have to copy/paste it into a new window to beat SF's refer header. http://img88.imageshack.us/i/laglv7.jpg/ As for your issue, GQ, my suggestion: Find tumblers that you like, then take the to a glasswares shop/engraver, and have them grind the rims down for you. I'd be shocked if that was a problem to have done. ~ H
     
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    I like sturdy, fairly square tumblers for whisky -- when I want a tumbler for my whisky, which despite the joys of Glencairn glasses, or like impolyt, a Reidel (but the XO cognac) , I often do -- but they must have a nice cut glass rim -- the defining characteristic of a good glass to me. I have six vintage tumblers that my father let me confiscate because I love them so much:

    This business with ImageShack is annoying -- I have a lot of stuff up there. It should work as a link, but youll likely have to copy/paste it into a new window to beat SF's refer header.

    http://img88.imageshack.us/i/laglv7.jpg/

    As for your issue, GQ, my suggestion: Find tumblers that you like, then take the to a glasswares shop/engraver, and have them grind the rims down for you. I'd be shocked if that was a problem to have done.

    ~ H


    Great idea
     
  16. DerekS

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    my whisky decanter and tumblers are all waterford.....Ive been more than happy with them.
     
  17. GQgeek

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    I like sturdy, fairly square tumblers for whisky -- when I want a tumbler for my whisky, which despite the joys of Glencairn glasses, or like impolyt, a Reidel (but the XO cognac) , I often do -- but they must have a nice cut glass rim -- the defining characteristic of a good glass to me. I have six vintage tumblers that my father let me confiscate because I love them so much:

    This business with ImageShack is annoying -- I have a lot of stuff up there. It should work as a link, but youll likely have to copy/paste it into a new window to beat SF's refer header.

    http://img88.imageshack.us/i/laglv7.jpg/

    As for your issue, GQ, my suggestion: Find tumblers that you like, then take the to a glasswares shop/engraver, and have them grind the rims down for you. I'd be shocked if that was a problem to have done.

    ~ H


    A nice tumbler is still my preferred glass. The glencairn and similar glasses, while maybe good for tasting, just don't seem right to me, no matter how short the stem. Interesting idea about a glasswares shop grinding the rims...
     
  18. turboman808

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    my whisky decanter and tumblers are all waterford.....Ive been more than happy with them.

    I only use decanters and carafes for parties. They are not healthy for long term storage. Probably won't kill you but why expose yourself to higher lead contents then considered safe.

    It's also not recommended to drink from crystal every day but that might be going a bit overboard.

    BTW I waterford celebration champaigne flutes and love to use them.
     
  19. CrystalCat

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    Can't help myself...I'm a purist and I love me some American made crystal. Steuben all day for my crystal glassware It's what my father used, he was from Corning [​IMG]
     
  20. ginlimetonic

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    Can't help myself...I'm a purist and I love me some American made crystal. Steuben all day for my crystal glassware It's what my father used, he was from Corning [​IMG]
    I find those pieces by steuben like a peacock in flamboyance. I'm looking for something traditional and timeless. my goodness, those Theresienthal costs 150 euros shipping to Australia. And 150 euros for drinking out of lead oxide is already quite expensive...
     

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