Hyacinth Vases on ebay

Caveat Emptor! (buyer beware)

I bought this hyacinth vase a couple years ago (October 2014). They are not vintage as some sellers claim on ebay. And you can see the price is £1.99.

square-based modern hyacinth vase

Recycled glass "hyacinth" vase, sold under various brand names

recycled glass hyacinth vase

I say "hyacinth" in quotes as I don't think the opening is large enough for hyacinth bulb roots. I don't know why it's being sold as a hyacinth vase, by people who should know better. It's being sold under various brand names. I was sent the two above, each came with a crack so I don't think they are the best quality.

Two's Company modern hyacinth vase

Although this has been sold on ebay as vintage or antique, this modern hyacinth vase was sold by Two's Company in the 1990's to 2000's.  I would call it a reproduction as it's blown glass but it's not a reproduction of a Victorian hyacinth vase shape as I have never seen a Victorian vase in this shape. The second pic shows the base with the label.  I bought one of these new when they first came out but gave it away as a gift a few years ago so I can't remember what I paid for it. This one I bought on ebay recently for 99p. That's about what they are worth. This also came in purple.

green Two's Company vase

green Two's Company hyacinth vase


I've been tracking prices of hyacinth vases on ebay for the past few years and thought it would be helpful to share them. The only pics I'm showing are vases from my own collection (or ones that were in my collection at one time) so they give an idea of the shape and colour. I can't show every kind and variation. If you would like further information on a particular vase not shown here, I can try to help.

Squat bulbous vases, some people call them "Tye shape" but I think that can be confusing as "Tye" is a more specific kind of hyacinth vase. As you can see these vary enormously from the handblown example on the left to the mould-blown ones on the right.

squat bulbous vases

Cobalt blue squat hyacinth vases

these are one of the commonest vases for sale on ebay

average price £15.03 based on 258 sales

highest price £137

lowest price £2

Green/teal squat hyacinth vases

I'm grouping green and teal vases together as there are so many different shades, some quite similar.

average price £15.69 based on 218 sales

highest price £58

lowest price £3

squat teal hyacinth vase

Amethyst squat hyacinth vases

average price £15.53 based on 189 sales

highest price £44

lowest price £1

squat amethyst hyacinth vase

Amber squat hyacinth vases

average price £12.59 based on 115 sales

highest price £140

lowest price £2

amber squat hyacinth vase
   

Tye hyacinth vases

Tye vase on the left below in comparison with another squat bulbous vase on the right. The Tye vase has a short rim at the top unlike the other vases which generally have taller rims which vary in size quite a lot and can be quite uneven, NB all Tye vases are marked on the bottom, there are non-Tye vases with short rims

Tye in comparison with other squat vase

Tye hyacinth vases

all colours, average price £57.14 based on 30 sales

(Tye triple: 1 sale £395)

Tye hyacinth vase

Tall hyacinth vases

These vary enormously from hand-blown 19th century vases to modern factory-made vases. The ones pictured below are older 19th century vases which are hand-blown and uneven.

tall hyacinth vases

Tall cobalt blue hyacinth vases

average price £18.46 based on 189 sales

highest price £80

lowest price £1.75

tall cobalt blue hyacinth vase

Tall teal/green hyacinth vases

average price £19.42 based on 155 sales

highest price £79

lowest price £0.50

tall teal hyacinth vase

Tall amethyst hyacinth vases

average price £21.64 based on 92 sales

highest price £83

lowest price £1

tall amethyst hyacinth vase

Tall amber hyacinth vases

average price £11.34 based on 69 sales

highest price £27.50

lowest price £1

tall amber hyacinth vase

tall vases with a frilled cup, average price £16.57 based on  46 sales, high price £46, low price £4.20

frilled cup hyacinth vase
tall vases with a frilled pan cup, average price £18.48, based on 28 sales, high price £48.50, low price £4 frilled pan cup hyacinth vase
Portmeirion "Up the Garden Path" ceramic, average price £8 based on 18 sales, high price £36, low price £1  
Portmeirion glass vase, average price £17 based on 6 sales, high price £45, low price £7  
Modern hyacinth vases

"Sugared" 1950s hyacinth vases

these are quite common on ebay

green: average price £7.69 based on 109 sales, highest price £37.50, lowest price £1

yellow: average price £6.63 based on 110 sales, highest price £43, lowest price £0.50

blue: average price £7.01 based on 137 sales, highest price £38.50, lowest price £1

white: average price £6.39 based on 59 sales, highest price £20, lowest price £1

pink: average price £6.66 based on 154 sales, highest price £38, lowest price £0.50

There is also a bell-shaped hyacinth vase with sugaring (I had one but gave it away - will have to see if I took a pic of it): average price: £6.60 based on 24 sales, highest price £20.50, lowest price £1

sugared 1950s hyacinth vase

1950s hyacinth vases

as well as clear, these are also available in peach, lustre and  light green but the average includes all variations

average price £5.32 based on 71 sales

highest price £19

lowest price £.60

1950s hyacinth vase

Luminarc hyacinth vases

These were made by Luminarc (in recent decades) but are also sold via other companies, in both clear and other colours. I bought some that were painted the other colours but not sure if all the coloured ones are painted.

average price £2.43 based on 266 sales, highest price £15, lowest price £0.12

Luminarc hyacinth vase

Bakker/Spalding hyacinth vases

These were sold very recently by the Bakker/Spalding bulb companies for £9.50 for a set of 3, although some sellers claim they are vintage; they definitely are not. The white is painted on and the houses are a sticker.

average price £3.94 based on 136 sales

highest price £19

lowest price £0.40

white vase with blue houses decoration

Bakker Spalding hyacinth vases

ceramic blue and white hyacinth vase with windmill  - still being sold retail in  garden centres

average price £2.53 based on 30 sales

highest price £11

lowest price £0.80

(I cannot provide an image as I never bought one of these)

Crocus vases

clear average price £0.83 based on 88 sales

highest price £4.00

lowest price £0.10

coloured crocus vases average price £1.99 based on 39 sales

highest price £6.50

lowest price £1

dimpled/pinched hyacinth vases (front row, the two vases on the left)

average price £3.47

based on 94 sales

highest price £23

lowest price £0.25

modern hyacinth vases
1940s/1950s with flower transfer designs (at least a dozen different designs were produced) and gilt rings around the top, right and left in the back row, average price £6.79 based on 7 sales high price £14.50 low price £4

cranberry round flattened Stuart but possible other manufacturers as well and other colours, average price £58 based on 8 sales, high price £110, low price £37

ceramic and terracotta hyacinth vases

average price £76.03 based on 37 sales, high price £261, low price £13.00

uranium hyacinth vases

average price £42 based on 33 sales, high price £89, low price £16

Richmond design hyacinth vase

average price £96.36 based on 23 sales, high price £185, low price £46

teardrop vases may be ribbed or smooth, may have narrower rims, average price £13.79 based on 50 sales, high price £48, low price £5

I don't know a better term for this shape, elongated teardrop average price £17.03 based on 21 sales, high price £36, low price £5

 

 

 

 

 

data up-to-date as of September 2016