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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Festivals calendar: The fun continues into the month of JuneBelleville News Democrat, April 25th
Antique dealers from 11 states will sell A to Z Depression Glass, elegant glass, carnival glass and early American Patter Glass. Glass identification on Sunday. 14 — Grundertag/Founders Day — noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Maeystown. Stroll the village at your ...Read more
What's happening Sunday in the north valleyChico Enterprise-Record, April 25th
Patrick Ranch: 1 p.m. Barbara Gore of Barb's Buygones of Durham to give free talk about the history of Depression Glass. Also Glenwood Farm House tours with displays of Depression Glass and decorations of Mother's Day poems. $5 for tours. 342-4359 or ...Read more
Prince George's community calendar, April 23-29, 2015Washington Post, April 22nd
Glass club show and sale The Delmarva Depression Glass Club hosts its 80th show and sale featuring art deco and Depression-era glassware, china, kitchenware, pottery, books and linen collectibles. Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 ...Read more
Folsom Antique FairSacramento Magazine (blog), April 16th
Items include glass, china, pottery and porcelain, including Depression Glass; California pottery; American and European furniture, including Hoosier cabinets, pie cupboards, bookcases, bedroom suites, and dining sets; estate and vintage jewelry...Read more
South Bay Community Calendar 4/09/15-4/13/15Easy Reader News, April 9th
The public is invited to shop for desirable, curated, private-estate items from stunning jewelry to Depression glass, English bone china to hand-made, signed pottery, fine linen and lace handiworks to high-interest curios, including furniture and toys...Read more
Cards-N-Time: Home cookingShawnee News Star, April 4th
[Mother's Oats put a green, Depression-glass cup or saucer in with their oats.] That breakfast cost a nickel each or a quarter for the five of us. We and most families ate breakfast as a family, and rarely ate out. Until women went to work, the...Read more
Vintage market helps old soldiersNews & Observer, March 29th
About two dozen dealers paid to spread out their collections of military paraphernalia, Depression glass, antique toys and tools. On Saturday alone, Jaeger said, about 500 shoppers came, with most adults contributing $5 each to get in. Bill Wolfe, who...Read more
Look what hopped into my collectionPalm Beach Post, March 28th
I knew it was from the era of so-called Elegant Depression glass — high-quality, hand-wrought glassware made in America between the 1920s and the 1950s. But it took an e-blast from Replacements Ltd. advertising glass animal-themed pieces, to educate ...Read more