Last year we opened a shop in the beautiful market town of Reepham (on the B1145) which is twelve miles northwest of Norwich. Usual opening hours are 11am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, please call 07736 961926 prior to visiting.
The Old Champagne Glass Company is owned by Nick Hewson and Judy Pearce. Judy is an interior designer who used to live and work in London until she was ‘enticed’ to East Anglia and Nick has a well known market analyst company. We are based at Upgate Barn in North Norfolk.
Since we were established about seven years ago we have shipped several thousand items around the world. What started as a ‘lifestyle’ interest in champagne glasses has grown to include a much wider variety of objects. We have, for example, an extensive range of 19th and 20th Century decanters and claret jugs from Baccarat, Thomas Webb, Royal Brierley, Val St Lambert, St Louis, Richardson and Stevens & Williams. The OCG stock of Baccarat is significant and includes both Antique and contemporary pieces.
We acquire our crystal in many places but increasingly we go to France to buy – particularly Baccarat and St Louis. This year we have already been to the Loire and Normandy and will shortly be down in the Jura close to the old crystal factories.
The Old Champagne Glass Company has presented at a number of venues and in 2016 we were invited to exhibit at a Downton Abbey garden party at Highclere Castle. In 2017 we were listed as a Top Five destination in the Norfolk Passport and listed in Homes and Antiques.
Buying (and shipping) crystal can be slightly daunting. It’s important that our customers are confident with what they buy and we are more than happy to offer advice.
In the Loire near Amboise in the rain. It’s full of crystal…. A triumph of style over common sense.