Named after the Scottish capital city itself, Edinburgh Crystal is an iconic crystal glass company, easily recognisable and steeped in history, being over one hundred and fifty years old. Today we’re going to look at this history, along with what makes the brand stand out and how it stands today, as well as how you can get your hands on some original Edinburgh Crystal.
The Beginning of Edinburgh Crystal
It was during the 19th century that we began to see the formation of commercial glass companies. What we now know as Edinburgh Crystal was founded in 1867 as the Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Company. Throughout its time, it was bought and sold to various other glass companies, and it was in 1955 that it began to be known simply as The Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company. It continued to change hands, and in May 2006 the offices and warehouse suffered from a tragic fire. A few months later, it went into administration, and in 2007, the company was bought by Waterford Wedgewood, though it suffered the same fate in 2009. After these years existing as just a brand name, Edinburgh Crystal was then discontinued.
Edinburgh Crystal Today
Despite Edinburgh Crystal being discontinued, you can still buy your own piece of history. In the more contemporary years, there were design collaborations between the company and Wolverhampton University and Edinburgh College if Art. Students were able to gain great experience, whilst also giving fresh blood to the company, bringing innovative design ideas. For some time, there was also a visitor centre, which brought hundreds of thousands of people each year, offering them the opportunity to see the glassware being made, and speak to the Master Craftspeople. Although this time has now ended, this makes items of Edinburgh Crystal all the more precious and rarer.
Stag House Replacements
Here at Stag House Replacements, we have a great range of different types of drinking glasses from Edinburgh Crystal, as well as fruit bowls, jugs, and decanters. Within this extensive range, we stock a number of items as part of the collectable ‘Connoisseur Collection’. This includes ‘The Start of Edinburgh’, where stars burst out in an attractive pattern, carved into the glass, and ‘Thistle’, whereby the tops are shaped in a thistle theme, with a stippled body. Furthermore, two of these collectables include ‘Kind James’, which is recognisable from its long stems and neck, and ‘Lochnagar’, known by its swirling pattern and dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria. From whisky glasses to wine glasses, and everything in between, you’re sure to find something to suit you.
At Stag House Replacements, we have over 4000 crystal items, which are sourced from various dealers, collectors, and specialist contacts and brought to you. Our wide-reaching collections are available to browse online, but if you are looking for a particular product, you are welcome to get in touch with us. If you would like our help, just complete our web contact form, or call us on either 07487769598 or 01708765451. We will be glad to assist you with any queries you may have for us.