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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Columnist offers car maintenance advice to readersLexington Dispatch, October 8th
I do not know of anywhere else where you can pick up a piece of depression glass, a painting, a knitted dish cloth, a baby afghan and a jar of homemade jam or pickles under one roof. It is a new adventure every time you visit the store. The Seniors...Read more
Traver's Auction Barn to hold auction to benefit Back Mountain Memorial LibraryThe Dallas Post, October 7th
Antiques that include Depression glass, a marble top table, as well as a mixture of new items such as quilts and toys are left over from the summer auction. Antique chairwoman Leslie Horoshko noted items such as $500 worth of fruits and vegetables...Read more
WHAT'S GOING ON: Oct. 9, 2015Packet Online, October 7th
The Cranbury Museum at 4 Park Pace East in Cranbury will be open from 1-4 p.m. Visitors can see the new exhibit, “Depression Glass: Candy-Colored Glass of the Depression Era,“ which showcases the colorful American glassware produced during the ...Read more
NDGA part of Fall Fest and Homecoming eventArkansas City Traveler, October 4th
Wellington — The National Depression Glass Association announces that the NDGA National Glass Museum will be participating in the Wellington Fall Fest and Homecoming activities Friday and Oct. 10. Vice president of NDGA Pam Meyer, invites everyone ...Read more
Boo! Where to celebrate Halloween in BrevardFlorida Today, October 1st
Plus a collection of vintage kitchenware, depression glass, sewing machines and more. Cost is $15. Tours are by appointment. Call 321-607-0203 or visit pritchardhouse.com. Afternoon Tea: North Brevard Heritage Foundation will host an Afternoon Tea at 2 ...Read more
Kovel: Antique toys, children's furniture unsafe for use, but valuable for displayINFORUM, September 16th
Sets of dinnerware aren't selling well, and Depression-glass prices are down. Retail prices for amber Normandie pieces are: dinner plate, $27 to $33; luncheon plate, $10 to $12; salad plate, $10; bread and butter plate, $4; small berry bowl, $5; master...Read more
Tender of 1800s once a safe space for babies to playColumbus Dispatch, September 13th
Q: I'd like to know what my set of Depression glass dishes is worth. The pattern is Normandie, the color amber. My mother took me to the movies in the 1930s, and they gave away dishes. She got three pieces each week. I have continued collecting them...Read more
Depression glass likely a good investmentChampaign/Urbana News-Gazette, August 29th
In between, especially during the Great Depression, this was not the case, so the industry developed a line of glassware that was eventually called Depression glass, made at a very low cost and marketed in a way that almost every family could boast of ...Read more