Waterford began reluctantly marking their pieces with an acid etched "Waterford" Gothic logo mark in the mid 1950's as a means to authenticate their pieces. Early marks (through the 1960) were very faint and not always in consistent places. Initially, Waterford didn't want to diminish the artistic value of their crystal with brand marks on pieces, but too many companies were copying or mimicking their patterns. Early Waterford marked pieces from the 1950's and 1960's can be very hard to see and some only have partial marks. Later, Waterford moved to a "Seahorse Waterford" mark, generally more concise, easier to find, and usually in consistent places on similar pieces.Shortly after the mark change, Waterford also moved all production of retail pieces out of Ireland to multiple European locations historically known for expertise in glass cutting; Germany and countries in the former Bohemian region. All pieces marked with the Gothic logo can be assumed to be made in Ireland and those with the Seahorse logo may have been made in Ireland or possibly in other European locations. The value of a piece, whether made in Ireland or not, is more so one of personal preference.
Some do like to collect older pieces made in Ireland, while some prefer more modern ones or don't have a preference. Regardless of where pieces were made, Waterford has not changed their process; each is still hand crafted and cut by certified artisans and each is still made in wooden molds.
As such no two Waterford pieces are identical and even within the same patterns, some slight deviations in weight and size will be prevalent. The item "6 Waterford Crystal 5 1/4 Hibernia Claret Wine Glasses Ireland Excellent" is in sale since Monday, August 10, 2020. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Glassware\Waterford". The seller is "andrewsvintage" and is located in Graham, North Carolina.This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.