Word of the Week: Pressed Glass

Last week we talked about cut glass, so this week we’re going to touch on pressed glass. Where cut glass is made by hand using a wheel to form the pattern, pressed glass is made using a mold.

You can usually tell pressed glass from cut glass by feeling the edges – they will be rounded and not sharp at all. You’ll also find a seam somewhere along the piece that indicates it was in a mold.

Here are some examples:

Here’s a pressed glass cruet.

If you look closely, there’s a seam along the handle here that carries down the rest of the piece. A matching seam is on the opposite side.

Here’s another pressed glass piece – a creamer!

It’s hard to spot in the picture, but the seam is right down the middle. Look closely!

Which do you prefer – cut glass or pressed glass?


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