I’m finally unpacking the glassware from my family’s Janvier Road bungalow, and I need to decide which pieces to keep and which need another good home. My rule of thumb is: If I can’t figure out how it will survive three children and two rambunctious cats, I’m probably willing to sell it.
But those patterns!
So many EPAG and American Brilliant patterns were made that your head could spin trying to identify them. And you need to identify them, because some are practically worthless while others, such as the extremely rare Libbey “Cathay” pattern, command hundreds of dollars for a single goblet!
Since I’m still a novice, I’m starting with the easier patterns. I’ll share what I know as I learn it, and that can save you a lot of work and money. (Those field guides can be expensive, and may be worth more than the one item you need to identify!)
Anchor Hocking’s Wexford is a pattern to pay attention to.
It isn’t quite old enough to be EAPG expensive, but it’s attracting more attention with every passing year – making it a worthy investment for the savvy collector. An added advantage is that it’s both vintage AND dishwasher safe!
Wexford is noted for its pattern of small diamonds on the top of a piece (that sometimes alternates with horizontal lines), separated from larger diamonds on the bottom. Some people also refer to this as a “criss-cross” pattern.
Wexford was produced from 1967 to 1998, placing it in the vintage category instead of antique. You may see it listed as part of the Fire King line — a misunderstanding that probably arose because it’s shown in Gene Florence’s “Fire King and More.”
Wexford was produced mostly in clear (crystal), but blue, ruby red, gold-banded and smoked glass were also made. I’ve seen pale green items for sale and have heard of amber, as well, but I don’t yet know if Wexford was reproduced by other manufacturers. Clear is the least expensive – the scarcity of other colors would make them more desirable for collectors.
Glassware, punchbowls, pitchers and more…but no square bowls.
The only reliable online list seems to be Replacements.com, and they list a variety of items – even those not in stock. However, no square bowl or egg plates are listed. They also tend to be way more expensive than other online shops such as Etsy, Ruby Lane, Tias and the like.
Wexford is a great pattern for new collectors.
It’s still extremely inexpensive, making it perfect for everyday use as well as a potential investment. And it’s a terrific example of why you should consider vintage glassware instead of the cookie-cutter stuff anyone can buy in a home store.
I’ve seen the toothpick holder priced from $6 to $40, but the higher range seems more suited to much older EAPG and American Brilliant glassware. I recently turned down a set of goblets for $1 each at a local thrift store! (I thought they were Wexford but hadn’t done my research yet. Drat!!!) I’ve even seen a complete collection of 72 pieces for just $200!
Wexford is old enough to have earned its place as a valuable vintage collectible – yet it’s new enough to let you have fun hunting down pieces in thrift shops and yard sales! Who knows, one day your collection could be worth a lot more – or worthy of passing on to the next generation!