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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Making change: Thrift stores support Upstate charitiesThe State, August 31st
In another, decanters, goblets and dishes are sorted by color, so green Depression glass is kept separate from a turquoise Fire King mixing bowl nearby. A few feet away, a brightly colored book invites tiny shoppers to have a seat, turn the pages and...Read more
Downtown, beachfront or down at the sponge docks — Tarpon Springs has ...TBO.com, August 30th
Downtown, on Tarpon Avenue, you'll find antique treasures of a different kind at Court of Two Sisters & the Upper Court, at Tarapani's Department Store and in some other shops. They feature everything from pub tables, depression glass and bronze...Read more
The Antique Week That Wasn'tMadison County Courier, August 30th
Everything was overpriced, often ridiculously overpriced. I collect Depression glass butter dishes, and have purchased many from both local shops and dealers as well as on e-Bay. The average price is around $30. The least expensive butter dish I saw at...Read more
2015 Edition of Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide is ReleasedBroadway World, August 27th
Kovels' user-friendly price guide includes an index and cross-references for everything from art pottery, Depression glass and jewelry to furniture, coin-operated machines and sports memorabilia, along with up-to-date information about each category...Read more
Julep celebrates drinking traditions of SouthHouston Chronicle, August 19th
Pulling from a hobnail bowl stuffed with mint, Huerta launches into another story: "I have become obsessed with hobnail," she says of the studded Depression glass. "Hobnail was invented by a guy in …" Ah, the South! The Sparkling Julep. Courtesy Alba ...Read more
At Warren County antiques show, early bird doesn't always get the worm ...The Express-Times - lehighvalleylive.com, August 17th
This afternoon, the second day of the show, collectors could find anything from Depression glass to M.I. Hummel figurines to vintage clothing from the 1940s to comic books and country items. "We just love looking around at all the stuff," said Karen...Read more
Good Afternoon for ThursdayFort Bend Herald, August 14th
The last session of B.F. Terry High School's Ranger Reveille for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday. Students can pick up schedules, apply for parking permits and visit with counselors. For more information, call 832-223-3400...Read more
Marge Jesberger: Have an 'attack' plan for finding flea market treasureThe Republican - masslive.com, August 13th
In order to uncover the next elusive treasure, you will likely need to sort through heaps of tube socks, baseball cards and Depression glass. Here are some tips: Balancing financial stability with the enjoyment of the item is the key. SURVEY THE ENTIRE...Read more