Spotlight: Cranberry Glass

Cranberry glass is a special style of glass that has a deep red color similar to that of cranberries. This type of glass is collected and sought after worldwide. Read on to learn more about this unique glass, and view a selection of items from our collection.

Enameled Etched Cranberry Glass Pickle Castor, circa 1880

The red glass is made by adding gold chloride to hot molten glass. Its color can range from a deep burgundy to a pinkish-red, and the shade is determined by the amount of gold chloride added to the glass. Though cranberry glass has been manufactured for hundreds of years, the formula was confirmed by chemist Richard Zslgmondy in 1925. 

Gilt Cranberry Glass Flask With Silver Stopper, circa 1885

Cranberry glass is used to make tableware, vases, and kitchenware. Items like light fixtures are more rare. It was particularly popular in the Victorian era, and glass makers would decorate their pieces with enameled or gilt designs.The light below combines cameo glass and cranberry glass to create a striking, colorful design.

Three Light Dome Ceiling Fixture with Cameo Floral Cranberry Glass, circa 1915

In the Victorian era, cruet or castor sets like the one below were common items that were often made in cranberry glass. These items added color and style to the table, and are often found with metal frames and accents. The set below by Meriden is especially unique due to its dinner bell featured in the handle.

Meriden Cranberry Glass Castor Set with Dinner Bell, circa 1880

Cranberry glass is found in a myriad of designs and shades. Though it continues to be manufactured, antique pieces are still very popular among collectors. With a rich history and beautiful color, it's no surprise that cranberry glass continues to enchant antique enthusiasts today.

Set of Six Gilt Cranberry Glass Wine Glasses, circa 1900

Gilt Overlay Cranberry Glass Pitcher, circa 1890

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