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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Tribune-Review, October 19th

The large selection of country primitives and other folksy pieces includes flow blue earthenware, Depression glass, vintage toys and other “down-home” goods. On Oct. 26, Pletcher returns to Cheswick and the Harmar House for a cataloged auction with a ...Read more

Serendipity: It's OK to be a dabbler
Freeport Journal-Standard, October 18th

Maybe you know all about depression glass. Maybe you are a car nut. Maybe you have a green thumb and can identify a weed from an heirloom plant a mile away. Maybe you like depression glass and cars and plants. Whether you are heavy into one thing or ...Read more

Cuero home a collector's paradise
Victoria Advocate, October 17th

If you live in a historic home or a home that has a good story to tell and would like to be featured in this section, please send us your name, address, daytime phone number and a couple of sentences about your home to newsroom@vicad.com. Type "home ...Read more

Peoria Sports Complex hosts vintage market
YourWestValley.com, October 17th

Expect midcentury modern pieces, handmade linens and clothing, custom and vintage jewelry, depression glass, fine furniture crafted from pallets and other upcycled materials and an abundance of other trinkets and treasures when Front Porch Pickins ...Read more

First Coast Happenings
Florida Times-Union, October 16th

Antique and Depression Glass Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, empty field at 5530 Beach Blvd. Theme is “Celebrating the Fenton Family Tradition of Glass Making since 1905. Includes seminars both days by George Fenton at ...Read more

Gerry Frank's picks: Sausages and schoolhouses
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, October 16th

Interesting glassware, pottery, porcelain, jewelry, linens, toys, household items, sports gear and memorabilia are displayed in every nook and cranny. If you'd like an explanation of merchandise such as Vaseline or Depression glass, Bakelite, match...Read more

The Collectors: Inside 12 Idahoans' Obsessions
Twin Falls Times-News, October 15th

The collection: Cups and saucers made of porcelain, pottery, Depression glass, silver and carved wood -- even one set made of woven pine needles -- from the mid-1700s to the 1960s. Piper intends her collection to demonstrate diversity, but her focus is ...Read more

Antique and Depression-era glass show held this weekend in Jacksonville
Florida Times-Union, October 14th

The 41st annual Antique Glass and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 5530 Beach Blvd. Held by the Depression Glass Club of Jacksonville, the ...Read more