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Waterford Crystal

Waterford (Ireland)

Among glassware aficionados, the name Waterford has earned a place of eminence — both for antique crystal made by the original Irish company in the 18th and 19th centuries, and for new versions of the firm’s classic patterns produced after its rebirth in the 1940s. With either iteration, Waterford is a byword for traditional elegance.


     Waterford crystal was born of a tax loophole. In 1783, business-minded brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in southeastern Ireland because Irish glass was exempt from steep British import duties. The two wanted to make fine-quality wares and hired artisans from England, including master glassmaker John Hill. The factory’s flint glass — a precursor to lead crystal — soon won a clientele among British and continental aristocrats. One of Hill’s aesthetic innovations was to polish glassware after a pattern was cut, to buff off the resulting frosted surface. The look became a Waterford trademark. Through the fame of its wine goblets, claret jugs and decanters, the firm continued to win honors at the many industrial expositions of the early Victorian era. But over those years, higher and higher luxury excise taxes were placed on fine crystal. Waterford products became prohibitively expensive, and the company closed in 1851.


     The brand’s renown was still intact when it was revived in 1947 by a Czech glass manufacturer named Charles Bacik, who moved to Ireland after the Communist takeover of his country. For centuries, the region now called the Czech Republic had been the great glassware center of Middle Europe—source of crystal to great Viennese glass design firms such as Lobmeyr and Bakalowits. So Bacik brought with him the master glassblower and designer Miroslav Havel. In Dublin, Havel studied the old Waterford style book archives kept in the National Museum. He used these classic patterns as the basis for new ones such as Lismore, with its crosshatching and flame-like vertical cuts, and Alana, with its heavily textured diamond cuts. Past and present are thus linked at Waterford. As you will see on these pages, antique or recently made, Waterford crystal is the essence of refinement.

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Set of 14 Vintage Waterford Crystal Lismore Water Goblets, Germany, circa 1990s
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Set of fourteen luxury crystal water goblets from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring hand blown crystal with the pat...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Crystal

Set of 12 Vintage Waterford Crystal Lismore Wine Glasses, Germany, circa 1990s
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Set of twelve luxury crystal wine glasses from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring a hand blown crystal with the patt...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Set of Eight Vintage Waterford Crystal Lismore Champagne Flutes, Germany
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Set of eight luxury crystal champagne flutes from Waterford Crystal, circa 1995. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring hand blown crystal ...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Crystal

Set of Six Waterford Crystal Tall Martini Glasses, Lismore Series, circa 1995
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Set of six vintage luxury crystal tall martini glasses from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring hand blown crystal wi...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Crystal

Set of Eight Vintage Waterford Crystal Coupe Champagne Glasses, circa 1990s
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Set of eight luxury crystal coupe champagne glasses from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring handblown crystal with t...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Crystal

Set of Six Vintage Waterford Crystal Old Fashioned Glasses, Germany, circa 1995
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Set of six luxury crystal rock whiskey glasses from Waterford Crystal. The Lismore Collection is perhaps Waterford's most distinguished design featuring hand blown crystal with the p...
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1990s German Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Crystal

60 Piece Set of Handcut Irish Crystal Stemware by Waterford Colleen
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Lambertville, NJ
An extensive set of Waterford Irish crystal with 12 pcs of 5 sized stems. This is the original Waterford handcut and polished crystal by master glass cutters for Waterford The patter...
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20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Oversized Irish Waterford Cut Crystal Flower Vase, 20th Century
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Big Flats, NY
An oversized Irish Waterford vase offers cut decoration with flared neck and scalloped mouth, 20th century Measures: 12" height x 7.5" diameter.
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20th Century Northern Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Set of 8 Irish Cut Crystal Champagne Coupes
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Handcut Irish crystal champagne coupes by Waterford. Handcut and polished by an expert glass cutter from Waterford in the retired Alana pattern. These are great for champagnes or as ...
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1980s Irish Vintage Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Waterford Cut Crystal Horse Racing Vase and Jar Trophy Awards Group of 4
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Group of 4 Waterford cut glass lead crystal horse racing trophies. The group included one tall jar, a vase and a pair of smaller jars. All 4 pieces are signed Waterford on the bott...
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1990s Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Antique Irish Tipperary Waterford Glass Cut Crystal Bowl Georgian Centerpiece
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Stunning rare Irish heavy gauge handcut crystal fruit bowl of oval outline complete with original undertray, of outstanding quality and condition, circa 1800. The unusual lobed ri...
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19th Century Irish Georgian Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Traditional Waterford Crystal Pineapple Style Large Table Lamp
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Classically beautiful traditional large crystal table lamp marked Waterford having an impressive pineapple motife base and silk shade. Lamp is 9" diameter.
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1990s North American Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Massive Custom Waterford Crystal Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Norwood, NJ
Massive custom Waterford Crystal chandelier. A large Waterford grand beaded and prismed ten-arm chandelier. Ten lights with five more interior lights with cut plume top crown underne...
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Late 20th Century Irish Regency Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Brass

Irish Waterford Cut Lead Crystal Picture Frame
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Big Flats, NY
Irish Waterford cut lead crystal picture frame features hashed pattern bordering, velvet stand, signed on back. ***DELIVERY NOTICE – Due to COVID-19 we are employing NO-CONTACT PRAC...
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20th Century Northern Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Set of Waterford Crystal 12 Days of Christmas Champagne Flutes
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Like new set of Waterford Crystal limited edition champagne flutes based on the 12 days of Christmas and appropriately etched to match which day. Each comes with original gift box, p...
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2010s Italian Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Stamped "Waterford" Six-Light Art Deco Style Crystal Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Stamford, CT
Stamped "Waterford" six-light crystal chandelier in the Art Deco manner. This fine cut crystal chandelier by the finest of crystal makers is simply stunning in every manner imaginabl...
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Metal

Pair of Waterford Hollywood Regency Style Column Form Table Lamps
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Waterford Hollywood Regency style column form table lamps in the neoclassical manner. Each of these sleek and lean table lamps have brass framed crystal bases and upper frame...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Metal

Waterford Crystal Signed Art Glass Bowl, Table Vase in Green and Blue
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful art glass bowl or table vase in myriads of blue, white and green shades by Waterford Crystal. Marked Evolution by Waterford.
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1980s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Waterford Crystal

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Art Glass

Evolutuion Art Glass Vase by Waterford
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive art glass vase signed Waterford Evolution. This impressive vase has a red tone top with swirling organic orangish forms decorating the bottom portion of the pie...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Post-Modern Waterford Crystal

Set of 10 Vintage Waterford Crystal Wine or Water Goblet Glasses
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and substantial set of 10 vintage Waterford crystal wine, Champagne, or water goblet glasses with a 'Diamond' pattern design, circa 20th century, Ireland. Crystal glasses...
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Mid-20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Waterford Crystal Footed Centerpiece Bowl with Seahorse Motif and Original Box
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Substantial signed Waterford cut crystal footed centerpiece bowl accented by a figural seahorse in the stem portion of the base. The bowl has scalloped edges around the rim and deep ...
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20th Century Irish Modern Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Exceptional Early 19th Century Waterford Crystal Eighteen-Light Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional early 19th century gilt bronze and Waterford crystal eighteen light chandelier An etched crown above a crystal string body leading to a beaded basket with drop crysta...
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Early 19th Century Irish Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Bronze

Pair of English Victorian Waterford Crystal Wall Sconces
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English Victorian Waterford crystal 2-arm wall sconces with beaded swag. Replaced cut crystal frosted shades.
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Irish Waterford Crystal Bowl Comeragh Pattern
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
Lovely late 20th century Waterford crystal footed bowl in the Comeragh cut (pattern). Irish made. Highly collectible! Perfect, in mint condition! All of our Irish crystal i...
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Late 20th Century Irish Modern Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Midcentury Irish Waterford Crystal Traditional Style Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful midcentury Irish Waterford crystal baluster shaped ceiling chandelier. Fully marked. Irish made, circa 1960. Large crystal vase style with bulbous crystal base. The ...
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Mid-20th Century Irish Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Brass

Handblown Ovoid Tall Vases for Marquis by Waterford, Pair
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Amherst, NH
Pair of handblown tall ovoid shaped glass vases for Marquis by Waterford Glass Co. Marked.
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Late 20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal

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Glass

Irish Coventry Posy Cut Crystal Petite Vase, Waterford Marquis Collection
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Big Flats, NY
Irish Waterford Crystal Marquis Collection “Coventry Posy” petite vase features fan cuts and frosted petals, marked on base “Marquis by Waterford”, 20th century. ***DELIVERY NOTICE ...
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20th Century Northern Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

English 19th Century Waterford Crystal Lantern
By Waterford Crystal
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant English 19th century Waterford crystal lantern. The lantern is centered by a finely shaped and most decorative cut crystal finial below geometric cut crystal designs. The ...
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19th Century English Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Ruby Red Glass Signed Waterford Table Lamp
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Stamford, CT
Ruby red glass waterford table lamp. The center red vase signed Waterford mounted with chrome upper and lower supports.
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Late 20th Century French Hollywood Regency Waterford Crystal

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Art Glass

Pair of Midcentury Waterford Crystal and Brass Candlesticks
By Waterford Crystal
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of midcentury waterford crystal and brass candlesticks.
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Waterford Crystal

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Crystal, Brass

Mid-19th Century Irish Waterford Crystal Eight-Arm Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Atlanta, GA
Waterford crystal chandelier with eight (8) lights encased in etched crystal shades, spires, and drop prisms, Ireland mid-19th century.
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Mid-19th Century Irish Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Waterford Five-Arm Cut Crystal Chandelier
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
Delicate five-arm cut crystal chandelier made by Waterford, circa late 1800s. Waterford Crystal first started operations in 1783 in Waterford, Ireland. This can be viewed at one of o...
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19th Century British Antique Waterford Crystal

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Brass

Pair of Clear Waterford Crystal Candlesticks
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
Pair of clear cut crystal candlesticks marked [Waterford] on the base. Each dates from the twentieth century and is in good vintage condition having wear consistent with age and use.  
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20th Century Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

Pair of Waterford Cut Crystal Vases, Signed "O'leary, 1998"
By Waterford Crystal
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of beautiful large Waterford cut crystal vases, signed "O' Leary, 1998". From designer's collection. Side decoration of heart, starburst, wheat sheaf, bird and vertical ‘X’ motif.
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Late 20th Century Irish Waterford Crystal

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Crystal

19th Century English Waterford Crystal Pear-Shaped Apothecary Jar
By Waterford Crystal
Located in New York, NY
19th century English Waterford crystal pear shaped apothecary jar with stopper.
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19th Century Victorian Antique Waterford Crystal

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Crystal