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 i American extended from 1876 -1917. First introduced by eight enterprising American companies at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
This lovely cut crystal vase, circa 1920, is a combination of cut and etched styles. The body of the vase decorated with a combination of spoon cut stem covered leaves and etched blossoms and leaves; the blossoms have cut cross-hatch centers. The top edge is decorated with notched half-circles and the base has a cut star design. The vase measures 10" in height, 4" across the top and base. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Unsigned as to maker.