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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A look back at "What's It Worth?"
WPSD Local 6, May 22nd

Another frequently undervalued item was Depression glass. It may not have been rare or particularly valuable, but it will always hold a special place in Snook's heart. “A long, long time ago, my grandmother gave me some Depression glass,” he says...Read more

New exhibit opens at Tehachapi Museum
Tehachapi News, May 21st

In the Tehachapi Collections case is part of Harold Cox's collection of Malt Shop items, featuring a sampling of his vast collection of green Depression glass used at soda fountains and lunch counters across the country. Visit the museum on Friday, Aug...Read more

Best bets for May 19
SouthFlorida.com, May 19th

Fort Lauderdale, $10-$20, 954-462-0222, browardcenter.org. South Florida Depression Glass Club: The club will be gathering for their meeting at. 7 p.m., Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Community Center, 2030 Polk St., Hollywood, 954-964-8073, sfdgc.com...Read more

Depression glass on display
Warren Tribune Chronicle, May 17th

The collection features miniatures in the Jennifer pattern from the Mosser Glass Company in Cambridge, Ohio. The Jennifer collection includes 17 table sets in miniature depression glass in the colors of yellow, pink and green. The museum is open 2 to 4...Read more

NANCY HAYNES anomalies and non-sequiturs
Brooklyn Rail, May 6th

On top of the desk sat a medium sized, rough-hewn scrap of cullet glass, known as “depression glass” or “uranium glass,” also sitting under a black light lamp. (The glass rock is an analogue to the skull that sits on the lectern of St. Francis, a...Read more

Unsung heroines get spotlight
Journal Review, May 4th

Since I grew up in a world of hand-stitched quilts, milk churns, Depression glass and yellowing Montgomery Ward catalogues, I have learned to appreciate the classics. So, rather than assailing you with something untested and avant garde this Mother's...Read more

Spoons souvenir of sad, sensational story
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, May 1st

There are hundreds of patterns of Depression glass and they were made by many companies. As the name implies, this type of glassware was popular in American homes during the 1930s. Most patterns were affordable and some glass was even given away ...Read more

Preservation Week includes Museum Crawl of Kimberly Crest, other places
Redlands Daily Facts, April 28th

Eight rooms in the museum divide the historical glass on display by specific groups: American Depression Glass, American Brilliant Cut Glass, Early American Pattern Glass, Elegant American Glassware, American Victorian Art Glass and Yesterday's Kitchen...Read more