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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Everything You Need to Know About the Volcker RuleTIME, December 10th
While it is true that laws popularly known as the Glass-Steagall Act prevented this sort of thing for many years following the Great Depression, Glass-Steagall's slow erosion by regulatory agencies and final repeal in the 1990s isn't the reason for the...Read more
Colchester homes to be open for tour of decorMcDonough Voice, December 6th
Welch will also have her grandmother's old dishes, her mother's depression glass, and Colchester Mayor Danny Bice's great grandmother's fainting couch up for display. Her house can be found at 823 East Depot St. Geri Flynn Schneider's house at 427...Read more
Attic Treasures provides homey atmosphere to Georgetown shoppersSussex Countian, December 4th
Among other types of collectible glassware sold at Attic Treasures is Depression glass, which was manufactured and distributed free or at a low cost during the Great Depression, and milk glass, which is known for its milky white color and was first...Read more
At the Newton Free LibraryNewton TAB, December 4th
Three First Floor Cases — The Founders Chapter of the National American Glass Club will install a beautiful display on Depression glass. Included will be information on the historical context of the Depression era, the change in glassmaking techniques...Read more
Local couple comes full circle, returning to hometown, renovating homeSpring Valley Tribune, December 3rd
She hopes that visitors will enjoy the display of Depression glass dishware on their dining room table. "The green Depression glass that will be set for the home tours was found in the hardware store that my parents owned, Walt's Our Own Hardware...Read more
The Artful Shopper: Antiques, collectibles near mallThe News-Press, December 1st
and distressed painted furniture, costume jewelry, linens, hats, gloves, purses, vintage clothing, knives, glassware, pocket watches, perfume bottles, tools, fishing lures, chandeliers and lamps, depression glass, record albums, sports memorabilia...Read more
Pink Depression-era glass especially popular with collectorsArizona Daily Star, November 16th
Key the National Depression Glass Association, www.ndga.net, for a local chapter (perhaps someone can help with ID) and to see samples. For a random search, Google “Depression glass” and a color; see what comes up. Images of the reader's glass ...Read more
Neighbor's Delightful 'Depression'Rosyln News, November 14th
Albertson resident Rosemary Trietsch is rounding up her most intricate Depression glass antiques collection since 1988 for the upcoming Big Apple Depression Glass Club's Annual Glass and Pottery Show and Sale to be held on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the ...Read more