This goblet is easy to identify as it is one of Cambridge Glass best known patterns, Chantilly. Oh, but wait, there is a similar pattern, Elaine, also from Cambridge. How can you identify your glass? We’ll look at four websites today that are good resources, especially for etches.
First one is mine. I do not have the extensive pattern gallery that others do, but I have photos of all the elegant Cambridge glass that we have ever had in stock. Here is the link for you:
The Chatabout site is bigger than mine with some very good photos. You can search by keyword, floral etch, for example, or go through a given company’s glass. The Chatabout site includes some obscure patterns and it’s fun to browse. It is excellent for some of the border designs with clear close ups.
Next one, Replacements, is huge, with a very large gallery of individual pieces and patterns. Unfortunately it will take you a long time to go through all these.
The last one is the gold plated standard for a glass site. It is the Miami Valley Study Group of the National Cambridge Collectors Inc.
If you think your glass is Cambridge, then try my site first – it is fast and gives a good overview of the shapes and many etches and pieces you’re likely to see.
If that doesn’t give you an identification, but you’re still thinking you have Cambridge, then try the Chatabout site. You’ll get another fairly quick tour of many patterns. You can try searching if your glass has a distinctive feature.
Replacements has a great many pages and the overview page that lists many patterns has tiny thumbnails. I like Replacements best when I know the pattern and want to confirm exactly which piece it is, of if I’m debating between two or three possible patterns.
For example, I had some Chantlly stems that I wanted to verify were the tall sherbets instead of the cocktails. Replacements has photos of many Cambridge stems along with dimensions.
The Cambridge Study Group site is great if you want to get into nuances, like exactly which shape plate you have.
Good luck and have fun with your glass!