Have you ever found yourself wondering about that pretty green glass candy dish that sits on grandma'?'s table? Maybe you have inherited a box full of colorful glass dishes that do not match, and you don'?'t know what to do with them. Chances are those colorful glass dishes are what is known to many as Depression glass. Depression glass is a valued and collected part of American history, the more you learn about this wonderful piece of our heritage, the more you will want to know.
Depression glass was produced during the depression era, from the late 1920?'s through the 1940?'s. It is cheap, sometimes imperfect glassware that was sold in discount stores and given away as prizes by theaters, service stations and grocery stores. There was another type of glass produced during this time; these glass pieces were more delicate than Depression glass pieces and fall into the Elegant glass category. Depression glass was produced by more than 20 different companies, some of which are still in business today. These companies were responsible for more than 100 different patterns, not all of these patterns were produced in entire sets there are a few patterns that were made in a limited selection of pieces. This unique glass was available in a large variety of colors, the more abundantly produced colors were clear, pink, green, amber, and a light pale blue. Other colors produced were yellow, red, cobalt blue, milk glass(white), black, jadeite(opaque green) , and delphite (opaque blue).
Depression glass has become increasingly more collectible every year since the 1960?'s, with each collector having their favorite colors and patterns. Although, there were many companies that produced this colorful glass, the more popular companies with collectors are Jeanette Glass, Fostoria, Fenton, Anchor Hocking, Hocking Glass, Hazel-Atlas, Indiana Glass, US Glass, and Imperial Glass. The more widely collected colors are the pink, red, green, jadeite, and cobalt blue. Today one of the most collected patterns is the Miss America which was made by Hocking Glass from 1933 to 1936, the ruby (red) is the most valuable but the pink is also a tremendous favorite. Depending on the area of the country, the Miss America pieces have sold for hundreds of dollars. There are many great value guides available to help you determine the estimated value of pieces that you might have acquired.
Do Your Homework
As beautiful and intriguing as Depression glass pieces can be, you must remember that not all colored glass pieces are Depression glass. Many of these patterns have been and continue to be reproduced, and it takes an educated eye in order to distinguish between original and reproduced Depression glass. A wonderful place to start your education on Depression glass is the National Depression Glass Association www.ndga.net and one of the favorite resource books seems to be The Collector?'s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass written by Gene Florence. Whether you want to start collecting or you would just like to know a little history about that special piece that grandma has on her table, these are great places to start.
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Today, people collect Depression glass patterns for their inherent beauty and, perhaps, as a bittersweet reminder of a past that is not so far behind us.