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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About two dozen dealers paid to spread out their collections of military paraphernalia, Depression glass, antique toys and tools. On Saturday alone, Jaeger said, about 500 shoppers came, with most adults contributing $5 each to get in. Bill Wolfe, who...Read more

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Palm Beach Post, March 28th

I knew it was from the era of so-called Elegant Depression glass — high-quality, hand-wrought glassware made in America between the 1920s and the 1950s. But it took an e-blast from Replacements Ltd. advertising glass animal-themed pieces, to educate ...Read more

Restoring Glass-Steagall Is the Central Issue
Executive Intelligence Review (EIR), March 18th

O'Malley has continued to drive the issue in all his speeches and interviews, pointing out that since being signed into law in 1933, during the Great Depression, Glass-Steagall worked to stabilize the banking industry for decades, until Federal Reserve ...Read more

Sheer beauty: Glass show dazzles in Grapevine
Fort Worth Star Telegram, March 18th

“When I think of depression glass, I think of a kaleidoscope of colors and the many, many patterns that make up the American made glassware of the Depression Era,” Meyers said. She said said that learning about Depression glass is like taking a stroll...Read more

Huge collection of Depression glassware, china and pottery will be sold March ...
ArtfixDaily, March 16th

“I'm not going to say that every single Depression glass color and pattern are represented in this auction, but most are, and certainly the eleven most collected patterns are,” Ms. Adams said. Kitchen glassware (circa 1950s-'70s) will include a covered...Read more

Upcoming home and garden events: New Orleans Home and Garden Show ...
NOLA.com, March 12th

39th Annual Vintage Glass & Collectibles Sale -- Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m and March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner -- More than 20 local and out-of-state dealers will sell Depression Glass, pottery...Read more

Vintage glass sale coming up at Pontchartrain Center
NOLA.com (blog), March 9th

Sponsored by the Crescent City Depression Glass Society, the 39th Annual Vintage Glass and Collectibles Sale will benefit Angels' Place, a nonprofit organization that provides respite and end-of-life services to terminally ill children and their...Read more

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KCHA News, March 4th

The current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, entitled “Frugal Beauty” aims to expand upon the story of and inspire a renewed appreciation for Depression Glass. On display through April 19, the exhibit features many pieces from...Read more