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Anchor Hocking came into being when Anchor Cap and Closure merged with Hocking Glass in 1937, so when you see “Hocking” and “Anchor Hocking” you know you are looking at pre- and post-1937 pieces, respectively. Some of patterns considered highly collectible today from Hocking include Coronation (banded rib), Fortune, Old Café, Princess, and Waterford. Anchor Hocking created such well-loved designs as Manhattan (horizontal ribbed) design along with Oyster and Pearl pattern.
Hazel-Atlas Glass Company introduced Florentine #2 (Poppy), Hairpin (Newport) and Moderntone, while MacBeth Evans brought American Sweetheart and Petalware onto market.
These patterns touch on only a few of most popular and sought after patterns that today’s collectors seek – many more exist from these and other glass manufacturers to entice and fascinate avid Depression glass aficionados world over.
Many of glass companies – at least those that survived Great Depression – maintain museums in which interested parties can learn much more about Depression glass and businesses that supplied it. Credit must be given to these glass manufacturers for providing something simple and low-priced yet delightfully appealing to a grateful public at a time when such items were few and far between.
So when you admire a piece of Depression glass, there’s a good chance that very same piece may have uplifted a family in what was an otherwise bleak time. And now you’ll know when you see this prettily colored or clear and patterned glass, that it’s much more than “just another pretty face!”
Until next time,
Murray Hughes http://www.DepressionGlassSecrets.com
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