During the 1920s, 19th-century pattern-glass manufacturers such as McKee, Heisey, and Fostoria struggled as the real thing from Waterford and Baccarat, among other European manufacturers, became relatively inexpensive and plentiful in the United States. But when the Great Depression hit, Americans once again turned to pattern glass, which we know today as Depression glass, for entertaining and everyday use.

One of the biggest names in Depression glass was Hocking, which became Anchor Hocking in 1937. During the 1930s, Hocking was able to produce 90 pieces of glassware per minute, which meant it could sell a pair of Depression glass tumblers for only a nickel.

Contemporary collectors look for Depression-era Hocking in rare color-pattern combinations, or for limited-run pieces. For example, Hocking’s Cameo pattern was quiet common when it came to dinnerware, but a Cameo sandwich server in green or a covered butter dish in yellow is considered a prize. Similarly, Hocking made a lot of cups and saucers in Mayfair, but finding a footed console bowl in pink is difficult.

Hazel-Atlas was known for a subtle, ring pattern called Moderntone, which was mostly produced in cobalt and amethyst but can also be found in pink. Indiana Glass made bowls, plates, and tumblers in crystal and amber, but rare blue pieces occasionally turn up. Jeannette was known for its iridescent Floragold and translucent Floral patterns, the rarest of which are the footed, Floral compotes in pink or green.

Finally, before it became a part of Corning in 1936, Macbeth-Evans made a lot of Dogwood tableware in pink (“Wild Rose”) and green (“Apple Blossom”). Pink pitchers in the American Sweetheart style are especially sought-after.


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Vancouver Sun, August 21st

If you were selling Depression Glass or Royal Doulton figurines, the new buyer may not want that stuff. How are you going to stay in business when clients already have everything they need? We get five calls a day from people trying to sell.” Even 10...Read more

Corporate clients, restaurants drive new interest in antiques
Vancouver Sun, August 21st

If you were selling Depression Glass or Royal Doulton figurines, the new buyer may not want that stuff. How are you going to stay in business when clients already have everything they need? We get five calls a day from people trying to sell.” Even 10...Read more

Julep celebrates drinking traditions of South
Houston Chronicle, August 19th

Pulling from a hobnail bowl stuffed with mint, Huerta launches into another story: "I have become obsessed with hobnail," she says of the studded Depression glass. "Hobnail was invented by a guy in …" Ah, the South! The Sparkling Julep. Courtesy Alba ...Read more

At Warren County antiques show, early bird doesn't always get the worm ...
The Express-Times - lehighvalleylive.com, August 17th

This afternoon, the second day of the show, collectors could find anything from Depression glass to M.I. Hummel figurines to vintage clothing from the 1940s to comic books and country items. "We just love looking around at all the stuff," said Karen...Read more

Good Afternoon for Thursday
Fort Bend Herald, August 14th

The last session of B.F. Terry High School's Ranger Reveille for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday. Students can pick up schedules, apply for parking permits and visit with counselors. For more information, call 832-223-3400...Read more

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In order to uncover the next elusive treasure, you will likely need to sort through heaps of tube socks, baseball cards and Depression glass. Here are some tips: SURVEY THE ENTIRE AREA. Everyone has a different shopping strategy. I usually walk the ...Read more

Fern walk in Akron, Medina Flea Market and keeping flowers cool in hot weather ...
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MEDINA FLEA MARKET: Old post cards, furniture, pottery, Depression glass, toys and other collectibles are waiting for you to find them at the Medina Flea Market of Collectables on Sunday, Aug. 17. The flea market is held once a month at the Medina ...Read more

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