Soon Tom Files and his wife, Kathy, became big-time Heisey enthusiasts … This pattern, made only in crystal, is difficult to find in mint condition.
“Some people had the audacity to remove the stickers to use the glass,” exclaimed Files.
But household users weren’t the only ones taking off labels.
It was snatched up by those yearning for Victorian elegance, yet ruled by wallets.
Seeing a price comparison provided by Dunbar, Heisey’s appeal is understandable: A dozen 8-ounce cut-glass water tumblers, circa 1899, sold for .50.
While cut glass has been produced for thousands of years, it reached a peak of popularity during the late 19th century in the so-called "Brilliant" period, which lasted until the early 1900s.
Brilliant period cut glass, a popular wedding gift at the time, was heavy leaded glass, intricately cut with geometric patterns and prisms.
Information provided through the Heisey Museum explains how: Pressed glass: Heisey’s was made by pressing molten glass into a mold to create desired shape and design.
Theirs was hand-pressed, completely fabricated by hand operations.
It, and occasionally blown pieces, were often finished by “fire polishing.” Blown glass: Heisey’s was made by air pressure from the mouth.
When a mold is used to make blown-glass items, the pressure of air forces molten glass to the mold’s shape.
Files suggests checking online for the out-of-print Vogels, which contain reproductions of most of Heisey sale catalogs.