Yasemin Cut Glass
The files of Martha Louise Swan contained an 8-page 1991 catalog for Yasemin Cut Glass. The brochure states: “OLD American cut glass is back!” Yasemin was a family-owned company that advertised ‘factory direct from Russian Border.” They had a post office box and phone number in Colorado Springs, CO. We have not been able to find any reference to Yasemin Cut Glass in current searches on the internet.
We have all seen this product being offered on eBay and some auction sites as authentic American Brilliant cut glass. If you note the small, sharp teeth, the blank shapes, the motifs used and their arrangement, it is easy to tell that the offerings are NOT authentic American Brilliant cut glass. Apparently, some of their pieces were signed in a script that is not easy to read and often is incomplete.
We have scanned the pages of the catalog for your review. One of the catalog pages shows 1988 and 1990 photos of two workers at the Yasemin factory. We would appreciate your opinions and comments regarding Yasemin Cut Glass.
The following is an ‘Editorial Comment’ column that appeared in the March 1997 ACGA ‘Hobstar’
(monthly publication of the American Cut Glass Association).
The ad recommended calling for their photo collection and pricing, which we did. The catalog is, by printing standards, quite good, being done on good gloss paper and containing complete information and 35 photos of Yasemin cut glass. The photo bordering is a bit heavy — but that’s just an artistic opinion.
Also received with catalog #0197 were three pages of prices in retail, wholesale and distributorship categories. These lists were divided into four price groups: Unsigned, Signed, Slow Stone Signed, and Slow Stone and Polished Signed. The pricing ranged from Unsigned being the lowest to Slow Stoned Hand Polished Signed being their highest-priced. Definitions as to quality, process and signing accompanied the four price groups. Of the higher-priced items, signing was stated as consisting of a signature by the cutting artist plus a star following the signature, and of the most expensive items, the cutting artist’s signature stated as being followed by two stars after the name. We have yet to see an item of signed Yasemin cut glass.
We had earlier received a Yasemin Cut Glass company distributor brochure from an interested ACGA member (which was passed on to the ACGA Authenticity Committee for their review) that illustrated a much greater variety of available glassware products.
The introductory information in the Yasemin catalog conveys the virtues of the company’s care and concern in production of their glass products. However, from the statements, one does gather the lamentable impression that uniformity is not one of their highest priorities in production or in patterns. There is more than one disenchanting statement to that effect.
Most regrettable to ACGA members and other interested parties in antiques, is that freshly-made Yasemin cut glass is being mistaken for Brilliant Period American cut glass. A notable national magazine devoted to Victorian Homes most embarrassingly exhibited a Christmas edition cover photo of a punchbowl and cups in a Victorian table setting, intoning to the viewer that this was an antique cut glass set when it was really a Yasemin product. The Antiques & Collectors Reproduction News (which has contributed to the Hobstar — see January 1995 edition), in a succinctly admonishing article in their January, 1997 issue, summed up the situation concerning this huge faux pas quite well: “You can be sure unethical sellers will be quick to use this national exposure to “authenticate” the new punchbowls they have in stock. Remind your collector friends and customers that a photograph in a national magazine is not proof of age or quality. It’s just another sad case proving many antique authors and publications don’t recognize reproductions or warn against them.”
Interested members, especially our most recent ones, would be recommended to obtain a copy of a Yasemin Cut Glass catalog to view and recognize the differences between these recently-made items of cut glass and the superb craftsmanship of American cut glass produced around the turn of this century.
House of Brilliant Glass does not believe that a Yasemin catalog is currently available.