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MW/1778, MW/1798

Antique English Glass Hyacinth Vases

  • England circa 1880, England circa 1840
  • Dimensions: 9 inches tall, 8 inches tall

Antique hyacinth vases are specifically designed to cultivate hyacinth bulbs. As they progress in their growing period, it is so enjoyable to watch them begin to flower. Hyacinth vases were introduced during the Georgian era, and it was noted that Madame de Pompadour had a large collection in 1759. They come in many shapes and a wonderful variety of colors and were quite popular during the Victorian period as well. These are instructions for forcing hyacinths.

  1. Fill the vase with water leaving the bulb just clear of the water.
  2. Place the vase and bulb in a cool, dark ventilated place. Allow approximately 12 to 14 weeks.
  3. When the sprout is about 3 inches high bring it into a warm room in subdued light. When the flower begins to show color, place it in a cooler lighter spot to prolong flowering.
  4. Maintain the water level to cover at least 3/4 of the beautiful root system and enjoy the beauty and fragrance.

We are going to describe the 4 different Antique English Glass Hyacinth Vases that are featured in the photos from left to right. All of our hyacinth vases are in pristine condition. Each vase is represented by its age and one can see the slight variations that are made during each decade. As the amber and amethyst vases are the earliest in the era, these 2 hyacinth vases have the use of the pontil which continued up until about 1865. A pontil mark is the rough piece that is left on the outside bottom of the vase. The presence of this piece indicates that it was blown freehand, while the absence of a mark suggests that it was either obliterated or that the work was mold-blown.

This yellow hyacinth vase is our tallest and also is the last one made – in the Victorian era. This amethyst hyacinth vase is a lovely shade of color and has a pontil design on the base. This teal hyacinth vase is quite striking with its deep color. With a bulbous shape at the bottom and a fluted top, it is the most decorative one out of the group. This amber hyacinth vase is our earliest one. It has a lovely shade of color and a pontil design on the base.

Antique English Glass Hyacinth Vases were quite popular in an earlier age, are still popular now and look lovely in any setting.

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