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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Dawn Miller: The dishes of our dearly departedCharleston Gazette-Mail (subscription), November 25th
I learned all about Depression glass, much of it made in the Kanawha Valley. It came in greens and pinks and yellows, clear and some other colors. It was poured into molds instead of blown, so it was cheap to make, sometimes given away as promotional ...Read more
WHAT'S GOING ON for the week of 11/27/15Packet Online, November 25th
The Ladies Auxiliary of Hightstown Engine Co. No. 1 will sponsor a Christmas Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Santa parade will begin at Leshin Lane down South Main Street through the center of town to the firehouse at 140 N. Main St. The “Man in Red...Read more
Beverage setWilson County News, November 25th
According to Warman's Depression Glass: A Value and Identification Guide by Ellen T. Schroy, your pink pitcher is worth about $135 and the goblets about $65 each. The offer you received is about $400 short of the set's value, per Ellen T. Schroy, an...Read more
Treasures: Glassware pieces churned out in vast quantitiesCharlotte Observer, November 23rd
They made a vast variety of wares, but today's collectors often associate them with Depression glass. Hazel Atlas churned out vast quantities of everyday glassware (often signed with an "HA" on the bottom), and K. V.'s pitcher should be valued in the...Read more
Antiques malls have become museums of our grandparents' pastKennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, November 22nd
There are beer steins and ashtrays, Mason jars, candlestick telephones, claw foot bathtubs, Griswold frying pans — which we always called spiders — toy automobiles, radiator caps, Life magazines, Depression glass, Victrolas, player pianos. As we...Read more
China, Depression glass don't sell well any moreChampaign/Urbana News-Gazette, November 14th
I do not go to a lot of weddings or showers, but I do wonder: Do young people getting married today still pick out a china set or a pattern of silverware or silver plates? That was the norm for my first wedding. Why do I wonder now? In the present...Read more
Vintage Pyrex takes center stage at glass showHometownlife.com, October 30th
Now collect and display the iconic kitchenware with a little help from the Michigan Depression Glass Society. The organization, which meets monthly in Livonia, will display vintage Pyrex at its annual show and sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7...Read more
Depression-era glass show coming to DearbornDearborn Press and Guide, October 30th
Michigan Depression Glass Society president Jonathan Fuhrman prepares for the club's 43rd show and sale, Nov. 7 and 8 in Dearborn, featuring an exhibit on 100 years of Pyrex glassware. Michael D. Barber, author of Pyrex Passion, will be a guest at the ...Read more