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All About Waterford Crystal

Brand: Waterford Country HQ: Ireland Year Founded: 1783

Company Status: Active Founded By: George and William Penrose

Makers of: Crystal, China


While Waterford has found success in the china market, the crystal industry is where they’ve made their most significant mark. The story of Waterford is one that dates to the 18th century in 1783. Two brothers, William and George Penrose, made it their objective to “create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home”. They were successful in doing so, becoming known for their crystal’s clarity and pure color. However, Waterford was forced to shut down in 1853 due to a lack of capitalization. It would be almost 100 years later that the crystal brand was resurrected by Kael Bacik, a Czech glass maker. He and Miroslav Havel poured over the designs of the Penrose brothers, learning to perfectly replicate the Waterford appearance. Through their diligence, the Waterford brand rose to new heights in the 1950s and has remained a premier crystal brand. While many have tried to replicate Waterford’s extremely high-quality crystal, they always come up short. The brand currently operates as a part of the WWRD (Waterford, Wedgewood, and Royal Doulton) company. Today, crystal collectors are always on the hunt for vintage Waterford crystal patterns.

At Classic Replacements, we have dozens of gorgeous Waterford replacement crystal collections. Whether you’re looking to replace a broken or missing piece, or beginning your crystal collection altogether, we offer a variety of options that you’ll love. Here you’ll find decanters, goblets, champagne glasses, candlestick holders, figurines, and more Waterford crystal replacements. These make for excellent wedding and anniversary gifts, as well as for use in your home or for special occasions. If you’re unable to find the pattern you want or we’re out of stock on a particular item, simply check back with us in a few weeks. Our team visits estate sales and auctions on a regular basis, meaning our stock is always fluctuating. In the event that we don’t have what you’re looking for today, we just might in a month! Register your pattern with us so we can notify you by email once we’ve obtained it.

If you have other questions about our selection of Waterford replacement crystal, please call us at (845) 357-0160 to speak with our knowledgeable sales staff.