Not Quite New Year's


Bryce Mouth-Blown Crystal Coupes with Softly-Faceted Bowls and Ruby Glass Feet (LEO Design)


While it's not-quite-New-Year's, is it too early to start planning for "The Big Flip"?  I, for one, will be thrilled to see 2020 (and all its tragedy) through the rear view mirror!  And what better way to welcome January First than to have a (very small) celebration on New Year's Eve?

These handsome crystal coupes, made in the earliest years of the Twentieth Century, were mouth-blown by the talented artisans at Bryce Glass in Western Pennsylvania.  The bowls are softly-faceted, giving them a classy, understated sparkle.  The stems have been cut into tapering obelisks—ending in a bright, ruby glass foot.  One can appreciate the handmade quality of these coupes by  comparing the different glasses to one another: each has a slightly different weight, the feet vary in thickness and depth of color.  Nowadays, coupes like these are associated with champagne—though they are more accurately called cocktail glasses (and would be wonderful for serving a fruit or sherbet dessert!).

Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248