What affects the value of lead crystal vases?


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The value of a lead crystal vase depends on its provenance, condition, identifying marks, rarity, workmanship and freedom from defects. An individually hand-cut vase with fine workmanship, clear ringing glass and a heavy weight may be worth more than an older, factory-produced antique vase with a less complex design. Various "flaws," such as chips, cloudiness or bubbles, may or may not depress the value of a particular vase.

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An antique lead crystal vase with a clear record of its travels from manufacturer to current owner comes with a pedigree and a history that increases its worth. In the absence of a solid provenance, an etched mark or even a paper factory mark may clarify the origins of the piece, increasing or decreasing its value.

Bubbles, cloudiness and cords may be of little consequence when determining value. A few bubbles or pinpoint "seeds" in the glass are productions of the fusing process and should not affect worth. Cloudiness or fogginess is usually no problem, as it is often possible to remove it by cleaning with vinegar and water. Nearly invisible cords, or join marks, are normal and usually disappear when water fills the vase. Cracks, chips and scratches, depending on severity, depress value.

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