September 1, 2016
Came across these water goblets while I was in the USA. They have the same etch, although the stem is different. Replacements.com
Given that the stem is different I wonder if the pattern is still the same. Likely just a variation between Czech glass houses using the same design.
If any one knows, please share the info!
From February 17, 2014
Picked up these two champagne flutes recently. At first I thought they were a match to another etch I have. Check out the details on the D’Arques wine glasses with the Dampiere etch. Very similar. Heisey also has an etch – Osage – that has similar details as well.
I still don’t know any more about the provenance of these stems. But they are pretty.
Original January 15, 2012 post.
I bought three snifters recently at a local antique shop. I have only seen this etch on the Replacements, Ltd. site – www.replacements.com. They didn’t have any stems for sale at the time and I don’t see the pattern there any longer. If you haven’t seen this site before, definitely take a look. It indexes literally tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of patterns of china, silver, crystal, etc. I have one of their publications that provides sketches of etches. It took me awhile to track this etch down, but it appeared to be the same as the etch that had been identified as Bohemia’s Victory etch. I don’t know much about Bohemia Crystal but I believe that they were/are imports from Czecholoslovakia. Some of their patterns are quite common. I also had some pretty sherry stems that were shaped like small flute champagnes. A friendly ebayer emailed some details of the crystal as it was her wedding pattern. I somehow deleted that message, big dolt, but would love to hear from someone else who knows more about it. They are very dainty.
“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.
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.