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|Waterford Millennium flutes are a series of crystal champagne and toasting glasses produced by Waterford Crystal, a leading manufacturer in crystal products. There are five series in total which include "Happiness," "Love," "Health," "Prosperity" and "Peace."
Brief history and description
The company is named after the city of Waterford in Ireland, and is owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd., a group which also owns the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands.
An authentic Waterford Millennium flute should feature an acid-etched "Waterford" stamp on its base.
Guide for collectors
Waterford Millennium flutes which are sold as a complete set of 12 along with various other matching items (such as an ice bucket) generally sell for much higher prices at auctions, while flutes which have been chipped or cracked can sell for a fraction of the original cost. Due to the fact that the glasses are incredibly delicate, only a professional should restore any damage. It is also recommended that the flutes are washed and dried by hand.
Champagne Flutes Review has information on various different champagne flutes and where to purchase them online. There are also websites dedicated to Waterford crystal products, such as the House of Waterford Crystal's official website or Waterford Crystal's official website.
Burchard Galleries Inc in St. Petersburg, Florida sold 12 crystal Waterford Millennium toasting flutes as well as a matching champagne bucket for $650 in April of 2011, and 8 Waterford Millennium toasting flutes as well as a matching champagne bucket for $550 in February of 2012.
Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers in Carmel, Indiana sold 12 Waterford Millennium champagne flutes as well as two Waterford Millennium goblets for $200 in October of 2011.
Bruce Kodner Galleries in Lake Worth, Florida sold a pair of crystal Waterford Millennium "Happiness" series flutes for $100 in October of 2006.
Bodnar's Auction Sales in New Brunswick, New Jersey sold a pair of Waterford Millennium flutes for $25 in December of 2007.
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