What Is Camphor Glass?

By Faith Davies; Updated April 24, 2017
Camphor glass has a similar apparance to quartz.

Antique collectors often focus their collections upon a particular item, such as candlesticks or vases, or prefer to purchase items made from one type of material. One material that is popular with collectors is camphor glass.

Identification

Camphor glass is a cloudy gray-colored type of glass.

History

In the United States, camphor glass was popular during the mid-19th century when it was widely produced by manufacturers in the Midwest, explains Kovels Antiques and Collectibles.

Uses

Camphor glass pendants and brooches are popular types of jewelry. Other uses for camphor glass include candlesticks, vases, dishes, decorative knickknacks and decanters.

Types

Some camphor glass is blown, having been produced by a person blowing the molten glass into shape by means of a long tube. Other pieces are pressed and were made by using a plunger to push molten glass into a mold to give it shape.

Value

Camphor glass jewelry sells from between $50 and $300.

About the Author

Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.