Between 1880 and 1920 American glass factories created what became known as art glass. Its subtle shading and attractive shapes appealed especially to Victorian women and the wealthy. Their desire was to own what was in vogue, the latest nuances. Famous American names that created a variety of tableware were Phoenix; Tiffany; Imperial; Pairpoint; Durand; Libbey; Smith and Brothers; Mount Washington; Hobbs, Brockunier; Cape Cod; Boston and Sandwich; Union Glass; New England Glass; the Boston Silver Glass Company; Honesdale; Quezal; and Steuben. Art glass is one of the most intriguing, fascinating and perplexing of man's household creations. Art glass is mystical, colorful, sensual, captivating, vibrant, aesthetic, striking, masterful, delicate, fragile and expensive, but worthy of investment and ownership.
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