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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Yard SalesPeople's Tribune, April 21st
Contents of an old estate, antiques, good antique furniture, lots of glassware, some good Depression glass, old pictures, books, some 1970 toys, collectibles, unusual items and much, much more. Two 14 ft. box trailers full – may not get it all unloaded...Read more
Betty 'Grammy' Mankins, 83Montana Standard, April 17th
She loved collecting red cardinal bird figures, colored Depression glass and listening to country music. She loved having her family gathered at her home for Christmas Eve and for family camping trips in their motorhome. After she had raised her family...Read more
Spring ushers in antiques festival seasonThe Detroit News, April 17th
Check out this 40th annual two-day show and sale sponsored by the Great Lakes Depression Glass Club and held at the United Food and Commercial Workers Building in Madison Heights. Depression glass, kitchen ware, china and more … there are also ...Read more
Throw a fancy Easter tea on the cheapStatesman Journal, April 11th
A garden table features Depression glass filled with candy favors. A yellow egg cup sits in a cupcake liner that is spread to look like a flower. Daue House. What: Assistance League Gift Shop sells consignment dishes, household items, clothes and more...Read more
Editorial: Give Islamic finance a chanceArab News, April 10th
This completely sensible division was what existed in the US, thanks to the post-Depression Glass-Steagall legislation of 1933. In the UK, the division had always existed. What were then called “Merchant banks” regarded themselves as altogether a cut...Read more
Q&A with 'The Deep Blue's' Danielle PerreaultKeepMEcurrent.com, April 9th
We have received rare-colored pieces, including bottle kick-ups, Depression glass, and Coke and Pepsi bottle pieces. Former first lady Barbara Bush plans to donate a few pieces of her collection when she returns to Maine later this spring. Q: What are...Read more
Family traditions mark EasterAsheville Citizen-Times, April 4th
In the case of the Tietje family, which includes Joy, Josh, 3-year-old Nolan and baby Emery, who will turn 3 months old the day after Easter, the eggs are deviled, and served with a family lunch on a yellow, Depression-glass plate that was a wedding...Read more
Downtown Mesa businesses readying for light-rail constructionArizona Capitol Times, April 2nd
At the Glass Urn, which specializes in Depression glass, owner Fran McLendon said her business has declined. “I'm sure it's because of construction,” she said. Michel Pomeroy-Fluhr, owner of Pomeroy's Men's and Missionary Store, said the nonprofit ...Read more