Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Cameo glass
Q: I have two cameo glass vases, both signed "Charder." I bought them in the early 1970s at an estate sale. Could you give me a little history and a value?

A: Cameo glass was first made by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. The French began making it in the late 1800s. Your vases were made by the Schneider Glassworks, founded in 1917 in Epinay-sur-Seine, France. Cameo glass was produced there from 1918 until 1933. Cameo glass is multi-layered glass; parts of the layers are cut to make a design.

All Schneider glass was signed either "Le Verre Francais" or "Charder," a contraction of Charles Schneider. Many pieces have both signatures, along with "France" acid-stamped on the bottom. The art deco designs on your vases suggest they were made in the early 1930s. They could sell for $1,500 to $2,000 each.

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