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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New Facts Found for Old items at Appraisal Fair in Tuckerton
The SandPaper, July 24th

The saddest part of the day was when he told the crowd that their extensive collections of depression glass weren't worth more than a few dollars per piece. “It used to be given away in soap boxes and at movie theaters, and there is just too much of it...Read more

Gordon, Betty Jo Messer (Charleston)
The Chattanoogan, July 23rd

Betty enjoyed life, especially watching westerns and listening to gospel music. She loved to explore new places and travel the back roads. She cherished family and close friends and enjoyed antiquing for Depression glass and finding that special bargain...Read more

Donna Erickson: Together they collect sea glass, shells, stones, memories
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press, July 18th

"This one is really rare," says 5-year old Jude, as he examines one of the pieces of cornflower-blue sea glass he, his brother and his grandmother collected along the California shoreline. "Oh, wait, this one might be rarer!" chimes in 7-year-old...Read more

'American Pickers' eye Oxford County treasure-holders
Lewiston Sun Journal, July 17th

"American Pickers," the popular History Channel show famed for traveling around looking through people's basements, barns and attics for the unusual or amazing, has announced it will make a stop through Oxford County, if the characters and contents are ...Read more

“American Pickers” interested in Cameron County
Bradford Era, July 17th

“The director stated that they are not interested in old farm machinery or depression glass, and will not go to flea markets, antique stores or second-hand shops, but are willing to travel to just about anywhere for a look at a private collection...Read more

“Key Ingredients ” Highlights Local Foods
Alaska Public Radio Network, July 14th

Even the doughty first colonists in Palmer brought along their sets of china, colorful “depression glass” plates and silverware. “This china is Bavarian china, and it was my mother's who got married in 1930. And in those days, they had silverware that...Read more

Putnam County antique glass enthusiasts show off their collections
Cookeville Herald Citizen, July 13th

They are especially interested in depression glass and elegant glass, both of which they will display at their 15th annual Elegant and Glass Show and Sale in Nashville July 19-20. Orlene Carter of Cookeville was a charter member of the society, which...Read more

Old Souls' Antiques now open in downtown South Boston
YourGV.com, July 9th

Old Souls' Antiques has an assortment of both including a bachelor's wardrobe with the original pulls and rollers and several sets of Depression glass that come in many different shapes and colors. One of the most interesting things about antique...Read more