Sunday, June 23, 2013


During the 1920s Hawkes introduced a line of glass in honor of founder Thomas Hawkes' life in Waterford, Ireland. Most of the designs were available on several stem shapes and in each pattern there were often auxiliary pieces such as vases and cocktail shakers and pitchers.

Here are a few of the Vernay Waterford pieces showing a variety of shapes and piece types and how the pattern changes to accommodate the piece.

                          Hawkes "Vernay" Goblet on their #6015 stem 7.75" c.1925

                    Hawkes "Vernay" Champagne/ Martini on their #7072 stem

          Hawkes "Vernay" cocktail pitcher with sterling mount and spade stirrer 8.5"

                  Hawkes "Vernay" Vase with old trefoil trademark, sterling mount 8.5"


  1. At what point did they change from the square base to the round base on the Vernay pattern?

  2. Many of the Hawkes patterns in the "Waterford" series were made with both round and square bases. Vernay was one of many Waterford patterns. The Waterford patterns were created in the 1920s to honor the company's founder, Thomas Hawkes' Irish origins. There wasn't so much a change from one to the other, as they were made simultaneously.

    For example, the two "stem shapes" 7332 and 7334 represent the same bowl and stem, but the 7334 has the round base, and 7332 has the square. Likewise the 7227 and 7240 were for the square base and round base respectively in another bowl and stem combination. They are also found in 7340 and 7330. Some of their shapes appear to have only come in one or the other. And then there are some that show the same stem and bowl but whose numbers don't relate like the 7027 and the 4074; this may suggest that one was done at a different time than the other. Vernay was cut on at least the following stem shapes: 6015, 4074, 7072, 7334, 7332, 6028, 7340, 7400, 7227, 7240,and 7330.

    Some time later, several of the earlier deep cut "gravic" fruit and flower patterns were engraved on Waterford series blanks. The Waterford series apparently was still produced until around the time of WWII. Hope this helps, thanks for your question!

    1. One last question, did use Steuben blanks for their Waterford lines?

    2. Oh, and at what point did Hawkes change from the clover acid mark to the HAWKES mark on their glass?

    3. The trefoil mark was used up until around 1920, although there are some earlier pieces with the block letters, and some later pieces with the trefoil.

  3. It's very likely they were Steuben, or possibly Tiffin Glass, from Tiffin, Ohio.