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W.M. Dalton French lead crystal is glassware produced from 1968 onwards by French manufacturer Cristal d’Arques under the W. M. Dalton name.
Background and Description
The W. M. Dalton “Cherbourg” company was an offshoot of French lead crystal company Cristal d’Arques, the name used to market their products to America.
Cristal d’Arques was established in 1968. From this time, fully automatic mass production of lead crystal was implemented by the company. Embossed engraving was introduced in 1976. In 1979, the ‘Longchamp’ design sold more than 650 million items throughout the world.
Dalton French lead crystal glasses or goblets are described as ‘fully leaded 24% French crystal’. Lead oxide added to molten glass provides a high index of refraction and makes the glass shine, sparkle and reflect better than normal glass. Lead also makes the glass softer and easier to cut.
Collecting W. M. Dalton French lead crysal
W. M. Dalton French lead crystal is not uncommon. It can be found everywhere, from eBay to second hand stores, and is very inexpensive.
The glasses come in various designs, which implement old fashioned styles. The type of glass will be recorded on the box, e.g. champagne, goblet, wine etc.
The crystal is more valuable when in its original box.
Sets of two W. M. Dalton French lead crystal goblets/glasses sell for under or around $10 on ebay when boxed. Larger sets can sell for a few hundred dollars.
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