Personal effects; Dec. 16

Published 9:16 am Monday, December 18, 2017


Question: Dear Jerry, I had someone to give me these ornaments back in the summer. I have about 12 of them. These are Baccarat with the original boxes and bags. Is this the same people that make glasses? They all have dates on them. Does that hurt the value? Thanks. I think I’ll hang them up on my tree. Thanks for your time.

Answer: Yes, they are Baccarat, “the crystal of kings.” In my opinion, it’s the clearest and finest crystal that be bought. The quality, design and forms are the best that you can find. 

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There are many fine glasshouses around the world, including America’s Steuben, but there is only one Baccarat. The Baccarat company has a long history dating back to 1764 when King Louis XV of France granted permission to found a glassworks in town of Baccarat, in the Lorraine region. At first they manufactured window panes and mirror glass. 

In 1816 the first crystal oven went into production. This type of oven was needed for the proper cooling of the glassware so it wouldn’t crack or shatter. In 1823 they received their first royal commission for the manufacture of stemware, vases and other decorative arts. Thus began a long line of commissions from royalty, heads of states, taste makers and celebrities.

Baccarat can be found in some of the most exclusive stores around the world. There are six Baccarat stores in America. The brand has opened up a little over the years. Because you find it in mid range stores, likely acquired from buyouts and remainder merchants. Still it very fine and beautiful. 

The dates don’t bother me. Shoot, I wager that when new and in a fine store that these sold for maybe $25 – $30 each. I glanced over at eBay, which is a secondary market, and there were several examples like yours, selling for $10 – $40 each. So you can kind of add them up and you’ve got a goodly price. By all means, hang them your tree! Thanks for sharing.