WHAT IS NEAR-CUT, NU-CUT OR PRESS-CUT GLASS?

By: John Hogan

These are three interchangeable terminologies used to describe the intricate and elaborate designed PATTERN PRESSED GLASS that is either blown in a mold or pressed in a mold.

AMERICAN RUFFLED GLASS FRUIT BOWL, C. 1903-10

AMERICAN GLASS FRUIT BOWL

AMERICAN GLASS MAYONNAISE COMPOTE, C. 1900-10

AMERICAN GLASS COMPOTE

Because of their similarities of patterns and clarity of blanks, many inexpert collectors and dealers have a tendency to refer to this type of glass as Brilliant cut glass which only refers to the real Brilliant Period Cut Glass that contained a high lead content up to at least 40 %. Pattern or Pressed Glass does not contain lead. These types of glass are two completely different worlds.

This Antique Pressed Glass Bowl is of American origin and dates approximately 1900-1910. As for attribution to a specific glass maker, such patterns were manufactured by various American glass companies. Such intricate designs as this bowl were produced to look somewhat like their expensive counterpart being that of the American Brilliant Cut. Pressed Glass, at the time, was produced for the masses by many American glass factories. Such patterns as this one was referred to by many glass companies as Near-Cut, Nu-Cut and Press-Cut. Such pieces were usually blown in a mold or pressed in a mold and polished at the bottom as is this bowl.

Another fine illustration is this American, cranberry and gold flashed edge pressed  glass  mayonnaise compote. The design is that of a mixture of hobstars, strawberry diamonds and overlapping gothic arches with star burst tops at each apex of each arch. The base is a multi pointed hobstar. It has a cranberry-ruby and gold flash edge. It measures 4 1/2" High by 6 1/2" Diameter. This piece dates 1900-1910.

This Kind Of Pressed Glass Is Often Referred To As Press Cut Or Near Cut

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