Stuart Crystal started making crystal glass at the Red House Glass works in Stoubridge in the late 1700's.
In 2007 Waterford Wedgwood Group (WWRD) purchased the rights to the Stuart brand and outsourced glass production to quality European crystal factories.
In January 2009 WWRD went into administration and were bailed out by an American Private Equity company KPS Capital Partners. Sadly a decision was made that Stuart Crystal did not fit their product portfolio and the brand has been mothballed.
The iconic designs of Glengarry and Glencoe sadly are now extinct with no real matching alternate. The only true mouth blown, hand cut crystal glass factory is Heritage Crystal which is made in Waterford, Ireland using former Waterford Crystal craftsmen.
Here are near alternatives for the 2 best selling ranges of Staurt glassware, Shaftesbury see Royal Scot Sandringham - same cutting but slightly different shape wine glasses, the stem is drawn and not faceted as Shaftesbury was.; Cascade see Royal Scot Catherine likewise exact cutting similar shape glass.
Both the Sandringham and Catherine ranges are quality imported blank glasses that are hand cut by former Stuart crystal craftsmen in the Midlands, UK to the same exacting standards of the Stuart ranges
Like all of you we feel that the Stuart brand has mileage and in the right hands could be resurrected. Strategically this is unlikely to happen as WWRD protect their other crystal brands not least Waterford Crystal. As general good quality crystal you are now not going to get much better than the Royal Scot range of glassware .