“Antique of the Week”: Hawkes Crystal

During my recent book event at the Aiken Antique Show, I put together two “collected tabletops” from the show inventory.  The dealers were lovely and very generous to loan their inventory for my tabletop presentations.  The show was exceptional and I so enjoyed getting to know the dealers that I had not met as well as all of the lovely people from Aiken.  Lisa Castles, owner of York Cottage Antiques, was so helpful and loaned me numerous items from her booth at the show and her shop just down the street from the antique show.  One of the exquisite items that Lisa loaned me for my more ‘formal table’ was some absolutely beautiful stemware from Hawkes Crystal Company.

Both the wine stems and the champagne stems were cut in a floral design and were a perfect combination with my Old Coalport Leighton Spray china pattern.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley uses hawkes crystal in tabletop design in aiken sc at the antiques in the heart of aiken show

I was not very familiar with Hawkes crystal, so of course the moment I arrived back to Chestnut Cottage, I began my research.

The history of Hawkes Crystal began when irishman, Thomas Gibson Hawkes established the company in Corning, New York in 1880. Hawkes Crystal concentrated on imprinting deeply etched and intricately detailed designs into glass blanks. These blanks were purchased from other glass companies, most notably the Corning Glass Company. For more than 80 years, Hawkes Crystal was synonymous with brilliant American cut glass. This impeccable workmanship of Hawkes Crystal was evident through the more than 300 patterns that were introduced by the company over the years.

Hawkes Crystal produced patterns of cut glass for two presidents. In addition, two of Hawkes Crystal’s patterns were awarded a grand prize in the Paris Exposition. Hawkes Crystal produced monogrammed patterns as well as patterns of crests for their varied clients through the years.

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Many of the original Hawkes Crystal pieces do not bear marks, although some do so on the foot of the piece. Even with those pieces that do bear marks,, they can be difficult to distinguish due to the intricacies of the glass. The original Hawkes Crystal ceased operations in 1960. In 1964, the Tiffin Art Glass Company assumed the assets of Hawkes Crystal. Today, Crystal Traditions continues to manufacture the Hawkes Crystal line under the Hawkes Crystal mark.

I thoroughly searched Replacement Ltd.’s inventory of Hawkes, and sadly was not able to identify this particular pattern.  I found many similar patterns, but not this one in particular.  Now I can just put this on my “hunt list”.

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The intaglio cut floral design, the stem detail, and the scale of these pieces were outstanding. Unfortunately, I had to leave this new found collection in Aiken…however, if any of you are interested, they are available at York Cottage Antiques!

~Kathryn

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4 Responses to “Antique of the Week”: Hawkes Crystal

  1. Kim Gould says:

    I love AMB period crystal! Have too much but still can’t resist. Your tablescape is lovely and inspiring, as usual. Thank you for this post.

  2. Franki Parde says:

    I call it a “FUNt” (fun hunt!) franki

  3. Kathryn says:

    Yes Franki…never been on a “hunt” that wasn’t fun!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Isn’t it just horrible having to resist!!

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