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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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