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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Phyllis WagnerBismarck Tribune, September 28th
Phyllis enjoyed collecting antiques, depression glass and dolls and was a member of their respective clubs. She was an accomplished china painter and enjoyed creating beautiful China . She loved to dance and travel with her husband. They were able to ...Read more
Recovering from heartbreaking devastationSierra Star, September 24th
"Depression glass and figurines belonging to our parents were gone. All that's left of my grandmother's piano are the strings. The antique bed my mom slept in as a child is gone, the antique rocker, the antique table … family photos showing the...Read more
Stewart Newcomb and Ashli Scott united in marriageParis Post Intelligencer, September 22nd
Centerpieces were an eclectic mix of vintage silver platters mirrors, mercury glass, white hobknob milk glass, votives and Depression glass, each filled with lush hydrangeas and layered with vintage strands of pearls. When guests arrived at the...Read more
History's havenHays Daily News, September 19th
"This is all depression (glass), and it's old depression. They're all hand-painted, signed by the artist," she said. Behind the main shop is the nearly 150-year-old chicken house where collectors will find "a little bit of everything." There's a...Read more
Snooping for treasures at Wythe County landmarkSouthwest Virginia Today, September 19th
“My mother and grandmother collected Depression glass,” Clemons said. “I inherited a lot of it from them. My mother was a real expert on it. She knew all the patterns.” As for the brilliantly colored costume jewelry – mostly brooches – Clemons buys...Read more
Pickin' in Pa: Rewarding the customerBoyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers, September 19th
Another popular “reward” was Depression glass. Depression glass was an inexpensive colored glass that was distributed for free in the time of the Great Depression. There were hundreds of patterns of dishes, glasses, pitchers, serving bowls, etc. that...Read more
The birthday gift that keeps on givingBaxter Bulletin, September 15th
The lighted glass cabinet fits to a T and displays my grandmother's/mother's pink depression glass beautifully. Unfortunately, it is the gift that keeps on giving, and not in a good way. Hubs, a close friend and I went to pick up the cabinet last week...Read more
Bena Mae's Kitchen: Clutter BegoneThe News Journal, September 12th
They knew my tastes, my passions for floe blue, carnival glass, depression glass, old ironstone, wooden bread bowls, stone crocks and things of that ilk. And they drew me in like a fisherman with a large mouth bass on his line. They hooked me every time...Read more