Depression Glass is a colored, yet translucent glassware that was distributed free, or for a few pennies, around the time of the Great Depression from the 1920's and even into early World War II. This glassware was often seen in colors of amber, green, pink, soft blue, and sometimes clear. Some of the less common colors were yellow (often referred to as "Vaseline" glass), Jadeite (opaque pale green), red (ruby), amethyst, and a white milk glass.
|Floral aka Poinsettia by Jeannette Glass Company|
|Sharon aka Cabbage Rose by Federal Glass Company|
|Floral & Diamond Band by U.S. Glass Company|
|Blue Bubble by Anchor-Hocking|
Looking for a good reference on Depression glass? Might I recommend any book by Gene Florence. While many of his books were published 20 years ago, he has a few current ones. However, even the old ones will still have the information about the glass companies and patterns, which is all you really need to know. Price? It varies and will depend what you are willing to pay and where.
|Ruby Red Bubble by Anchor-Hocking |
(This comes out during the holidays)
Do I use my Depression glass? Absolutely! Although it sits rather regal in its own antique cabinet, I still take it out and use it. My motto: If I don't use it and enjoy it (and even accidentally break it), then someone in the future will.