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Pattern: Royal Lace
The Hazel-Atlas Glass Company began producing Royal Lace during 1934 as a set consisting of 28 pieces. Today, Royal Lace holds honor of being some of costliest Depression glass that collectors covet. Hazel-Atlas manufactured Royal Lace in crystal (clear) and in five colors: green, yellow, pink, blue, and burgundy. The most desirable color consistently proves to be blue, called Ritz Blue by company, which actually came about as an economic accident.
When General Mills ended a deal with Hazel-Atlas’ using blue-colored glass in a Shirley Temple promotional campaign in 1936, Hazel-Atlas simply poured leftover vats of molten blue glass into its existing Royal Lace molds to avoid wasting it. An instant success resulted. Blue Royal Lace Depression Glass reigns to this day as 1 of most sought after and is now 1 of most expensive of all other Depression Glass patterns.
These samplings of interesting Depression Glass trivia make collecting it all that more appealing. After all, how many other pieces of glassware can be found in people’s homes that come with a ready-made story – at least those people in median income range (We’re not talking Tiffany or Lalique here!)? And these have been gleaned from a mere sampling of plethora of Depression Glass designs that have survived over years. Imagine what stories can be found!
The next time you gaze at that lovely piece of Depression glass resting in window of your favorite antique dealer or – if you’re lucky – sitting on a dusty shelf at a flea market just waiting for you to discover it, remember: Whatever pattern it is, a good chance exists that it, too, will have a fascinating history.
So take a chance. Buy it! Until next time,
Murray Hughes http://www.DepressionGlassSecrets.com
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