What Is Depression Glass Identification?

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Author: Artie
Published: 28 Nov 2021

Identifying Depression Glass

Depression glassware was given away for free or at a very low cost during the Great Depression. The glass is made with bright colors and has a variety of intricate patterns. Identifying depression glass involves looking for characteristics. To distinguish depression glass from reproduction pieces, look for bubbles in the glassware or lines on the base of the piece.

The pattern is also known as "Ballerina" or " Dancing Girl". Yellow and pink can also be seen, but most often in green. A limited amount of clear Cameo was also made.

Cookie jars and shot glasses are replicas of the Mayfair pattern. The pink and light blue versions of cookie jars are not good for new collectors. Refer to the Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass for more information Mayfair reproduction cookie jars.

The Colors of Depression Glass

Depression glass is not the same as the transparent pink, green, and amber that are found frequently. There are a number of types of glassware used in vintage cookware beginning in the 1920s and continuing through the 1940s. Ritz Blue and Sunset Pink are two of the most popular colors in Depression glass. They produced many intricate dinnerware patterns and kitchen glass pieces.

The American Sweetheart Sherbet Dish

MacBeth-Evans Glass Company pieces are quite common. The piece above is made of pink glass and can be found in a lot of things. The American Sweetheart sherbet dish was made between 1930 and 1936.

The dish is usually worth between $10 and $13 alone. The value is in the $20 range when it's sold with a dessert plate. It's common to find sets of four to six sherbet dishes.

The cup and saucer are usually worth between $10 and $20 There are also full sets of cups and saucers that come on the market. There are three styles of Block Optic sugar bowls.

One is a mug-like shape, one is a bowl and the other is a cone. They can be found in a variety of colors in glass, and with a matching cream pitcher. You can still find the dish for $6 in 2008, even though it's not as much as it was in 2008.

It's more common to see recent asking prices double that. The Queen Mary cup is pretty. They're very common the antique market.

Depression Glass

Depression glass is a type of glass that is associated with the Great Depression. The stock market crash of 1929 caused many glass companies to close, but many of them had been in business for a long time. The Federal Glass Company opened in 1900.

Consumers on the lower end of the economic spectrum were able to afford pretty glass when it and other companies began to offer inexpensive glass dinner and luncheon ware. The market is great for buyers. Prices go down when there is less demand.

The fakes of the late-20th century should still be avoided by buyers. Many avid collectors say they can identify the real thing by how it feels. Depression glass is lighter than reproductions.

If the pattern you find matches your piece, you should check to see if the company that produced it made it in the color that you have. If you find that it was not your piece, it is a reproduction. Maybe you misidentified the piece.

Iced tea or ice water can be made with the heavy pink pitcher above. It was easy to identify due to its shape. The design is a series of diamonds.

Depression glass has been very collectible. It is becoming more scarce on the open market due to its popularity as a collectible. Pieces that are rare may sell for hundreds of dollars.

Some manufacturers continued to make popular patterns after World War II, or introduced similar patterns, which are also collectible. The patterns and pieces that are popular have been reproduced. The sub-category of Depression Glass, elegant glass, is of better quality and often includes polished mold seams, hand-decorating, and painted patterns.

Green Depression Glass

Green depression glass was the second most popular color made of the top depression glass patterns. There were about one hundred and ten depression glass patterns. The only pattern that was green was the Rose Cameo.

Pink Glass in Depression Patterns

Pink glass was the most popular color in the top fifty depression glass patterns. Pink glass was used to make over one hundred and fifteen depression glass patterns. There are no patterns made in pink glass. Pink glass was used in depression glass patterns, as well as crystal, green or yellow glass.

The Cambridge Glass Grapevine

During the depression, Cambridge Glass made Apple Blossom in all of their colors, including amber, pink, two shades of blue, emerald, and a darker green, yellow, and crystal. The green sugar is in the shape of 3400. Line 3400 has a molded foot and soft scallops on the rim.

The green shown is Apple Blossom. Cambridge Glass used their graceful etch from 1938 to 1958 mostly on crystal with a few pieces in black or colors. The candlestick is on a Martha blank and has an etch on it.

The Cambridge Florentine etch number 725 is a band etches where the design is placed inside a band not all over the piece. Florentine is a depression era pattern. Cambridge used Rose Point on almost every blank they had at the time.

The goblet shown is from the most common stemware line. There were at least three different blanks used in the Dinnerware and accessories. The Martha line is a bowl covered in gold.

Roselyn was only made in crystal during the last three years of Cambridge Glass's business. It looks like Elaine with the diagonal lines and flowers. Roselyn is not well known.

Adams Rib, Block Optic and Old Cafe

Adams Rib is not well known since it has a refined elegant look. The design is narrow ribs with smooth bands. You can collect a small lunch set, but it came mostly in accessory pieces.

Block Optic is the oldest depression in glass. The range of pieces is astounding and you can find them at almost every antique store. There are at least 5 different types of cups, sherbets, and goblets, plus a full set of dinnerware.

The green and yellow are the most common colors in mid-Michigan. Block Optic is a fun pattern to collect. It is pretty, displays nicely in a cupboard or on the table, and it is fun to find.

The bowknot is pretty with a design of ribbon all tied in bows. There are a few pieces, a small plate and bowls. The pattern and styling of the glass is typical of the depression era, so it is not true depression glass.

There are many pieces to choose from. Fortune is a pattern that has a few pieces and is good for lunch. People confuse Fortune with Old Cafe.

The Depression Glass

The popularity of the original designs led to the re-enactment of the patterns. The original glassware was produced cheaply, so you can tell it's flaws. Air bubbles may be visible in the glass, as well as seams.

The original Depression glass was not stamped, but the reproductions may have an identifying stamp on them. People confuse carnival glass with Depression glass. Carnival glass was first produced in 1907.

Depression glass is in a different category from carnival glass. Depression is glassware, while carnival glass is iridized. If you include the word "Depression" in your search terms, you may find more pieces of carnival glassware.

A Warning Sign of Depression Glass

Depression glass was marketed to the average housewife. The glass was mass produced on machines and was affordable for the average family to buy. Depression glass is available in many colors and raised patterns.

Depression glass has a hard time differentiating between authentic and reproduction pieces. Before you buy a glass, you should know the signs of depression. Before you buy, make sure to check online listings.

The seller should give a complete description of the glass, including its condition, color, pattern and maker. A vague listing is a red flag that the seller does not have depression glass. If the piece is worth pursuing, send a query to the seller.

Bonus Points for Scratching Depression Glass

If you find scratches, you will get bonus points. Depression glass was used for everyday tasks and was prone to scratching, so scratches are likely due to the delicate nature of real Depression glass.

Depression glass was created after the stock market crash of 1929. During the Great Depression, it was easy to use during the day for entertaining guests, and for everyday use in kitchens. Depression glass is still a collector's item because of its vibrant colors and ornate patterns.

There were a number of glass types used in the kitchen. Delphite is a blue opaque glass. Fire King was re- popularized in the 1990s by Martha Stewart.

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