My Depression Glass Collection
Vintage Glass From the Depression Era
Even if you are not a collector of depression glass, you probably have seen it. Maybe you were even served cake on a plate or coffee in a cup made of depression glass.
Many of the pieces came in beautiful soft shades of green or a peach pink. Your mother or grandmother probably had at least one piece.
The Depression Era started in 1929 in the United States and spread around the world. It lasted until the late 1930s and early 1940s. During this period, glass was produced inexpensively and was sometimes given away for free with the purchase of another product.
This article will cover the following topics:
- How to find depression glass pieces
- Cameo Pattern
- Sandwich Glass
- Jubilee Pattern
- Diamond Quilted Pattern
How to Find Depression Glass Pieces
Depression glass is often available at yard or tag sales. Usually, it is very reasonably priced. In a consignment shop or antique shop, these same pieces will most likely be somewhat more expensive.
If you are looking for a particular pattern, familiarize yourself with the approximate price for each piece. Some patterns were made in several colors; where one color might be either more desirable or scarcer and therefore more expensive. Sometimes a particular piece, such as a platter, is scarce; thus the price is higher.
There are reproduction pieces, which should not be as expensive as the authentic pieces. For some patterns, glass molds were sold, and the pieces are being made today. Learn to recognize what patterns have reproductions, in some cases you can tell the reproduction piece from the original.
Invest in a good identification book. Some libraries even have copies you can check out and take with you to yard sales. Do check them out before purchasing anything over the internet.
The Cameo pattern, seen in the photo above, was manufactured from 1930 to 1934. It was made in crystal, green, pink, and yellow. Any pieces in colors other than these are reproductions.
The picture above shows a closeup of the "cameo" design. In the middle of the cameo is a ballerina, which is why the pattern has also come to be known as ballerina or dancing girl.
The example shown in the photo above is the Sandwich pattern, manufactured by Duncan & Miller from 1924 to 1955. The color is "crystal, "which is clear. I photographed it up against a black background so it would show up. It is the 11-1/2 inch Service Plate.
Several other companies have marketed patterns called "Sandwich:" Anchor Hocking, Indiana Glass, and Tiara Exclusives. The "Sandwich" pattern should not be confused with glass manufactured by manufacturers of that name or those located in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
The Boston & Sandwich Glass Company was founded in 1825 in the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts (Cape Cod). The company closed in 1888. There were several other glass companies that opened in the town of Sandwich. By the 1920s there were no glass manufacturers on Cape Cod. This means they closed before the period of depression glass.
There is a museum on Cape Code dedicated to the glass that was produced there: Sandwich Glass Museum in Cape Cod
Duncan & Miller made their "Sandwich" pattern in mostly crystal. There were some amber, cobalt blue, green, pink and red pieces.
Remember Hocking Glass Company (later Anchor Hocking) and Indiana Glass also made patterns called "Sandwich."
You really need to check a reference book when bidding on these since there are so many authentic variations as well as reproductions.
Are you familiar with depression glass?
This Jubilee cup and saucer are part of a set of six cups and saucers and salad plates. This particular set was a free giveaway with the purchase of a commercial refrigerator for my grandparents' bakery. The Jubilee pattern was made in pink and yellow. Prices for the same piece may vary widely, depending on if it is pink or yellow.
Diamond Quilted Pattern
Both these vases are in the Diamond Quilted pattern, which is the design you see on the body of the vase. The edges are "opalescent lace-edged." Opalescent refers to the cloudy whitish-blue color and lace-edged on the open work around the rim of the vase.
The green-colored vase on the left is referred to as "seafoam" for the color and is 5 inches tall. The vase on the right is "katy blue" and 4-1/2 inches tall.
Interesting note: No matter how I photograph these; no matter where I put them or whether I photograph them together or separately; they look crooked. It is the vases themselves. They were not manufactured to a perfect standard.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Was a juicer made in pink depression glass? I see stuff being sold on eBay but afraid it is just reproductions.
If the company made other pieces in that pattern in pink than it is more than probable it's authentic. If they never made pink pieces than that would be very doubtful. The first step would be to identify the pattern and company. Warman's makes tons of books with pictures for identifying patterns and a lot of libraries have copies. I found a pink juicer on RubyLane's website it was made by Hazel Atlas in the Criss Cross pattern. You could also go to Replacements website and do a search on "pink depression glass" more than 1,000 pictures will come up and if you have time and patience you might be able to locate the pattern you are looking at on eBay.Helpful 1
Where is the best place to sell cameo glass?
You could try eBay. In general, glass and china aren't selling well now. A lot of baby boomers are getting rid of things and the newer generation doesn't want it. They want easy care, microwavable and dishwashable.Helpful 1
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