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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Gorham's include a larger grapefruit shade that might be Depression glass, and a citron piece. But her favorites are common clear pieces, made frosty white over time. Good search spots in the area include the beach in Canal Park along the Lakewalk...Read more
Antique, collectibles on sale Saturday in Mount MorrisSaukValley.com, February 3rd
Merchandise includes: antique furniture, antique tools, primitives, tins, lamps, vintage clothing and jewelry, tin toys, quilts and linens, artwork, stamps, postcards, tin lunch pails, local advertising memorabilia, Depression glass, pottery and...Read more
Shop in downtown Ringgold is truly “keeping treasures alive”Northwest Georgia News, February 2nd
Some of Joy's personal favorites include German and Austrian porcelain and Depression glass. Not surprisingly, Joy is president of the Post 3679 VFW Auxiliary that raises money to help veterans who have fought in overseas wars. The Post and Auxiliary ...Read more
Road Trips: Bridge to the Pastmessenger-inquirer, January 31st
Photo by Jenny Sevcik, Messenger-Inquireremail@example.com, 691.7294 Stella Gross, left, and Tonya Logsdon laugh as they come across a coin operated mechanical horse Wednesday while exploring Island's new Wooden Bridge Antiques ...Read more
50th: Marilyn and Ronald HalseyLewiston Morning Tribune (subscription), January 31st
Marilyn's hobbies are genealogy, reading, studying history, canning, baking and collecting pink Depression glass and antique quilts. Both like gardening, and as a couple, they spend time volunteering and helping others. Together they enjoy their cabin...Read more
Harbor Happenings: Northshore Harbor Center an economic engine for parishNOLA.com, January 25th
Some of those events include the Cole Brothers Circus, the Northshore Boat –N- Fishing Show, the Gulf Coast Quilt Show, the Slidell Gun & Knife Show, the Looking Glass Depression Glass Show, a Taekwondo Tournament, LSU Continuing Education ...Read more
Depression-glass dealers' retirement reflects end of an eraOrlando Sentinel, December 20th
The world was different when Millie Downey got hooked on Depression glass as a child playing with dishes on the Ohio farm where she grew up. She and her husband of 63 years, who started a Central Florida Depression-glass club when they moved to the ...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