Libbey Glass started in 1818 as the New England Glass Company, in East Cambridge, Mass., and moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1888. The move was prompted by strikes and a costly fuel problem in the east. Northwest Ohio had an abundant supply of natural gas and the Toledo area was ideal for industrial growth.
Cut glass" is glass that has been decorated entirely by hand by use of rotating wheels. Cuts are made in an otherwise completely smooth surface of the glass by artisans holding and moving the piece against various sized metal or stone wheels, to produce a predetermined pleasing pattern. Cutting may be combined with other decorative techniques, but "cut glass" usually refers to a glass object that has been decorated entirely by cutting.
The Brilliant Cut Glass era in American extended from 1876 -1917. First introduced by eight enterprising American companies at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
This lovely "Libbey" brilliant cut glass sugar & creamer set is ablaze with hobstar, triangles, fan and star cut patterns with sawtooth edge and bulls eye handles. The sugar measures 3" in height, 3 1/4" across and 6" from handle-to-handle; the creamer measures 3 1/4" in height, 3 1/4" across and 5" from spout-to-handle; both cut from clear heavy blanks. Each are signed "Libbey" in a circle on handle. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Wonderful set.