Cristal D’Arques of Arc International – Water Goblets in the Rambouillet Pattern


Pressed Glass, Rambouillet, Water Goblet

I have had these glasses hanging about for a long time.  I picked them up, not knowing their history and have only recently determined that they are French.  I do not know much about this company – only what I learned on Wikipedia:

“Arc International was established in 1825 in the village of Arques in northern France by Alexander des Lyons de Noircarm, who began production by manufacturing glass storage containers known as “dame-jeanne” (demijohns in English), which were popular at that time. In subsequent years, the company diversified into consumer cooking and dining glassware. By the 1960s, the company had mastered the process of manufacturing stemware and other finer glassware products. One of Arc’s signature products is the thick-walled ten-sided “working glasses” that were a workhorse in French kitchens after their introduction in 1978.[4]

From 1897 onwards, the company was dominated by the Durand family, who eventually purchased the firm entirely in 1926. To this day, the family continues to be the sole proprietors. The firm adopted a number of practices that positioned it to become one of Europe’s leading mass production glassmakers. Examples include the usage of tank furnaces (1933), the construction of modern glass presses (1947), the use of automatic blowing machines (1950), the usage of industrial tempering (1963) and the automation of lead crystal production (1968).


Brands under the Arc International group are to date Luminarc (launched in 1948), Arcoroc (launched in 1963), Cristal d’Arques (launched in Europe in 1968), Chef &S ommelier (launched in 2008) and Arcopal (1958).”

This photo doesn’t truly indicate the size – they are a larger goblet.  I include this photo of the base as I think the geometric detailing is pretty.



Update to Pieces of Cambridge Glass with the Cleo Etch


Cleo, Colored Glass, Coloured Glass, Pink Glass, Plate Etch


Even though Cleo STILL isn’t a favourite etch, I like this piece.  I think it is the decorative base that makes it appealing, and of course the pretty colour.

This is the underplate for a bowl of some sort I think – line #3077.



Update January 11, 2016

Back from beautiful, hot and sunny Jamaica.  It was nice to arrive home to a parcel.  Another addition to my collection of acid etched Victorianera tumblers.  I must get it photographed soon.

I picked this little stem up locally.  I have to admit that I have not grown any fonder of this etch than I was almost four years ago, although the colour and the shape make it more appealing to me.Cambridge Cleo Pink (3)

I should have noted in 2012, that this etch is #744. This particular shape is line #3077. The entire glass is shaded in Cambridge’s pink which was called Peach-Blo (1925-1934) or Dianthus Pink (1934-1943).







Originally written – April 1, 2012

Happy April Fool’s Day.  So many of us are ‘fools’ to some sort of obsession, aren’t we?  Luckily this one is not an unhealthy addiction – just space consuming!

I don’t know what is odder – the fact that I don’t like all of the etches that I own, or that fact that I am surprised by that.

No one likes everything of any one thing.  Yet I’m still amazed when I don’t fancy an etch.  Thus it is with Cleo.  I bought these stems recently on ebay.  I’m not exactly sure of their purpose.  I have the book – The Cambridge Glass Co.: Cambridge, Ohio – 1930-1934  and the etch is pictured, but not this stem.  In any case they are not large, likely sherries, at a guess.

I had never seen this etch in the flesh and wanted to do so……so I bought the glasses.  It’s what I consider a ‘masculine’ etch.  I don’t much fancy the blank either – the shape just doesn’t appeal to me.  Having said all that, I’m always glad for the chance to actually see them ‘live’.  These stems came in a number of colours – amber, blue, green, pink and yellow, as well as the crystal.  Perhaps I’d like it better in colour!  Someday someone will come by the house and admire them…and then they will find a new home!!!!

Libbey Glass Goblet with Red Rose Transfer


Barware, Red Roses, Transferware, Water Goblet

Over the years I have run across this pattern – usually a single glass at a time, and generally cocktail glasses.  I have often thought that I would like to have a set of four at least.

So when I came across these four water goblets I snatched them up.  I don’t know why they are so appealing – they just are.  I think they would be pretty on a summer patio table with lemonade or ice tea in them.

I thought it would be a snap to identify them, but I had to turn to the Vintage Glass Identification Facebook Group for help.  Once I had a name I saw that these pieces were also made with yellow roses.

I suspect they were made between the 1950s and 1980s, but don’t really know for sure.