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One type of heavy, leaded, cut glass that has fine, great details (multi-faceted) and has geometric patterns and prisms is called brilliant cut glass .

The Brilliant period lasted from 1876 to 1914. Most of this early glass was produced in the European countries such as England, Ireland and France. When it was being produced in America it was called American Brilliant glass. This glass had high oxide content which gave the glass added sparkle. It had the ability to reflect brilliant light. Early brilliant glass was perfectly clear with no distortions. It had razor sharp edges and was greater in weight than comparable pressed pieces. The leaded glass was cut from hand-blown, solid blanks of glass. Later on lesser quality glass was cut from pressed blanks and molds. This cut the time and expense on production of the brilliant cut glass. Another notable quality of this glass is that it would ring like a bell when tapped.

Some pieces were acid-stamped to identify the maker. There are fake signatures on many imitations pieces so one must be careful not to purchase a forgery.

Diamonds, hob stars and fans motifs are popular in these works of art.

Brilliant cut glass pieces included goblets, tumblers, cake plates, berry bowls, candlesticks and other tableware pieces.

A few highly regarded glass companies were Dorflinger, Libbey, and Hawkes.

You can use to use long-wave black light in a darkened room to test the how the piece of glass fluoresces.

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