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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Davy Crockett, Depression glassWilson County News, July 1st
Q: I have inherited a partial set of Depression glass in the Daisy pattern. It is crystal in color. Since I'm missing at least half of the set, I would like to contact others who collect so I can purchase what I don't already have. Can you help me? I'm...Read more
Elvira “Vera” Lucille LaureanoHanford Sentinel, June 30th
Vera enjoyed her retirement years collecting antiques, especially costume jewelry, Depression glass, and her favorite; restoring antiques lamps. She was a gifted lamp shade maker. Vera is survived by her three sons; Sterling Laureano of Norwalk...Read more
Dealer has an eye for antique Arizona photographsazcentral.com, June 30th
A: There are several excellent price guides, including one I think is especially user-friendly: "Warman's Depression Glass" by Ellen T. Schroy and published by Krause Books. This reference features more than 170 patterns and current market values for...Read more
Bailey is face of Green AcresThe Daily Times, June 21st
“My wife liked Depression glass and fine china.” Other key collectibles offered by Bailey include license plates from various states, political buttons, and Occupied Japan glassware. “I really enjoy working at the flea market,” Bailey said. “I have met...Read more
100 years of Fostoria's American Pattern to be featuredLebanon Democrat, June 21st
100 years of Fostoria's American Pattern to be featured. NASHVILLE – The 16th annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be Saturday and Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Nashville. Staff Reports. Jun 21, 2015. Notes for Notes CEO Phil Gilley, ...Read more
Manes: Buy, sell and trade for fun and profitChicago Tribune, June 12th
I have Depression glass, vintage Jack Daniels signs, enamel signs of famous train stations, old Chicago Cubs and 'I Like Ike' buttons. Vintage suitcases, hats, purses, jewelry, furniture ... "Vintage is anything that's less than 100 years old. Antiques...Read more
How to spot a valuable vintage item at yard salesFlipSidePA, June 11th
Glass: From carnival glass to Depression glass to the more modern Pyrex collectibles, a variety of glass and pottery can be collected. Most fine porcelain came from Europe, so it's important to look for the country it was made in on the underside...Read more
/Akron Gold and Silver, a Magical Place to find TreasuresSioux City Journal, June 10th
Angie shared a little about her own family history and how it led to opening the store. “My grandparents would go to auctions and take me along. My grandmother bought me my first antique, a green Depression glass piece. I loved traveling all over with...Read more