Hawkes Crystal Cocktail Glasses, Signed, Wheat Polished, American Brilliant, Antique Hand Cut Glass, Set of 4, Barware
A gorgeous set of four crystal cocktail glasses by Hawkes Cut Glass Works. The pattern is called Wheat Polished, wheat shafts cut on a highly polished bowl and are signed by etching on the foot. This set has a fabulous shine, and the cut of the pattern catches light beautifully. These glasses are perfect for entertaining in a glamorous style. They would make a wonderful gift idea. These are from circa. 1910.
The Hawkes Cut Glass Works was established in 1880 in Corning, New York. In 1890, the firm was incorporated as T. G. Hawkes & Co. In its day, the Hawkes Company epitomized the finest in cut glass production, creating over 300 outstandingly beautiful cut and engraved stemware patterns and pieces. The company was exclusively a decorating outlet and purchased all of its blanks (undecorated glass) from outside sources. The Hawkes Company's early decorating techniques mainly emphasized cutting and engraving. Cut designs usually bore geometric motifs and floral decorations. The Hawkes Company was founded by Thomas Gibbons Hawkes. He was employed ten years as a foreman at the glass cutting firm of Hoare & Dailey in Corning before opening his own factory. When Thomas Hawkes died in 1913, his son, Samuel, who was already apprenticed in the glass trade, became President of the Hawkes Company, operating it successfully for thirty years. The company would remain a family-run enterprise until its closing in 1962. During its 82 years in business, T. G. Hawkes & Company captured world-wide attention for its products, designing crystal services for members of royalty and at least two U.S. Presidents. Designs were masterfully executed on dozens of shapes and weights of glass. Customers could choose from a large variety of bowl shapes and stem forms and the choice of a round or square foot. The firm's logo was a trefoil form enclosing a hawk in each of the two bottom lobes with a fleur-de-lis in the center. By 1920, only the acid-etched name HAWKES began to appear. Only about half the pieces made by Hawkes are marked.
4½ inches in height
3 inches in diameter
These glasses are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or scratches which is rare for crystal of this age. These are from the American Brilliant period that spanned from 1880 - 1917.
These would make a great housewarming, hostess, wedding, shower, or holiday gift. A great set to add to your home bar.
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