American Brilliant Period Cut Glass was made between 1876 and 1916. This was one of the finest American Art Forms. The Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, American Presidents, and European royalty all ordered table services, punch bowls, and monumental vases from many of the fine companies such as Hawkes, Libbey, Tuthill, And J. Hoare. There were dozens of excellent companies producing cut glass. The patterns were precisely cut and are well documented. Many pieces have acid etched signatures.
This was the time of America's guilded age. When World War I broke out, the production of Brilliant Period Cut Glass almost came to a halt. Much of the lead that went into this brilliant glass was needed for the war effort. Mass production never resumed and to this day, the quality and beauty of American Brilliant Period Cut Glass is unrivaled.