It’s the end of the line for Nova Scotia’s last maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal. NovaScotian Crystal is going into bankruptcy protection and is selling off all its stock.

Company President Rod McCulloch says it’s a time of profound sadness after running the company for sixteen years.

He says the business was “severely challenged” by the 2008 economic downturn, and they’ve simply run out of time and resources to make a go of it.

Reports say the company owed creditors more than $2 million.

“I struggle to adequately express our appreciation for your having joined us on this journey,” McCulloch wrote on the company website. “We truly hope that you experienced even a fraction of the joy we have. And we hope you will remember us fondly when you hold a piece of our crystal in your hands. We also hope your crystal will be enjoyed in the hands of generations to come. Every now and then when you hold it, close your eyes and feel the heat of the fire and breath that created it…hold it close to your ear and hear our story.”

NovaScotian Crystal will be liquidating its inventory over the next three to four weeks and then, that’s it.