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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Ann Frances Lee, 77Southern Maryland News Net, December 12th
Her flea market finds led to an expansive collection of Depression glass and juice reamers. She enjoyed traveling to Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. Above all, she was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and family was her top priority. She...Read more
Lakeland Antiques Market Is SaturdayThe Ledger, December 10th
Neighborhood vendors will be selling such items as Depression glass; a wind-up phonograph; a football jersey autographed by Steve McNair; autographed baseballs, basketballs and football cards; vintage soda bottles; and "Star Wars" collectibles. At 3 p...Read more
Have a Teeny-Weeny-Trailer ChristmasYahoo Travel, December 4th
What happens when you get your best girlfriends, a pie or two, and a collection of teeny-weeny trailers? A holiday road trip/shopping extravaganza. (Suz Q. Landis). The holiday season. Makes you think of presents, decorations, and goodwill toward all...Read more
Betty MeyerChampaign/Urbana News-Gazette, December 3rd
She enjoyed collecting miniature shoes and Depression glass and playing on the computer. Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or an organization of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com...Read more
Festive tips to deck your table for the holidaysnwitimes.com, December 3rd
The list of treasures is seeming endless here as Winter describes a complete service for 12 of Lennox Essex with matching glassware (though that is sold separately), Havilland platters with lips and Depression glass. “There's just so much you can do...Read more
Shop Local at Hob Nob: A touch of class – present and pastChestnut Hill Local, November 26th
At Hob Nob, everything old is new again and most everything new is not likely to be found elsewhere. From vintage Christmas ornaments to Depression glass to fashion accessories for men and women. Unique items, unique service, unique designs. This is a ...Read more
Nebraska jewelry designer makes bracelets from utensilsOmaha World-Herald, November 24th
She might break a damaged bowl of depression glass into small pieces, polish the outside edges of a piece with a glass grinder, and use it to make a vintage pendant. “People have beautiful antiques in cupboards, put away that the kids don't want...Read more
BASTROP: Fun stuff to see and doAustin American-Statesman, November 20th
Pine Street Market Days, every second Saturday from April through December, on Pine Street between Main and Water Streets in Bastrop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Texas antiques, handcrafts, pottery, woodcrafts, plants, food, Carnival and Depression glass, ...Read more