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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Unusual spelling in name reflected in piecesNorfolk Daily News, November 19th
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
Ronald Dwight HarrounThe Torrington Telegram, November 19th
One of Ron's later ambitions was making jewelry from beautifully colored Depression glass pieces and bottleneck cuttings. Ron was a valued member and supporter of Lingle's Western History Center. Ron had the knack for witching or dowsing using bent ...Read more
Depression glass collection on exhibitOtago Daily Times, November 14th
Depression glass was produced in the United States by about 20 companies to attract people to businesses or buy products, much the same as some supermarkets these days offer cutlery and dinnerware as incentives to shop. Generally colourful, pieces ...Read more
Glass show features wares of all typesDearborn Press and Guide, October 27th
Thousands are expected at a Depression-era glass show this weekend at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Photo courtesy Michigan Depression Glass Society. View and purchase photos. It comes in all shapes, sizes and colors...Read more
Antique and Depression-era glass show held this weekend in JacksonvilleFlorida Times-Union, October 14th
The 41st annual Antique Glass and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 5530 Beach Blvd. Held by the Depression Glass Club of Jacksonville, the ...Read more
New Kensington will again host Three Rivers Depression glass showTribune-Review, February 23rd
New Kensington will again host Three Rivers Depression glass show. <div style='float:right;width:100%;' align. Three Rivers Depression Era Glass Society Show. What: 37th annual Depression Era glass and pottery show. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1, ...Read more
Depression glass a happy findRepublican & Herald, June 23rd
American-made glassware called Depression glass has a deceptive name because the glassware, typically used for dining, was first introduced in the mid-1920s and continued to be produced well into the 1950s - a larger timespan than the Depression era...Read more
National Depression Glass Association to hold convention in WellingtonKansas.com, May 23rd
For those who have a Depression glass collection, this convention might be as close to heaven as it comes. The National Depression Glass Association is holding its annual convention July 11-14 in Wellington, site of the National Glass Museum. Thirty...Read more