Adam to Windsor – What’s that?

Written by Murray Hughes

In Depression Glass parlance, “from Adam to Windsor” refers torepparttar alphabetical order in which collector’s guides typically list allrepparttar 136308 patterns ofrepparttar 136309 seven largest glass companies that produced this now-collectible glassware. Some of these companies maderepparttar 136310 lucky (or smart) decision to re-tool withrepparttar 136311 machinery necessary to produce this new, mass-produced glassware beforerepparttar 136312 stock market crash of 1929, which enabled them not only to surviverepparttar 136313 Great Depression, but also to continue onward to perfecting and expanding their product lines.

Hazel-Atlas, Hocking, Indiana, Federal, U.S. Glass, MacBeth-Evans, and Jeanette made up these seven glass companies, and between them all, 92 designs came about to brightenrepparttar 136314 lives of people living just before, during, and just afterrepparttar 136315 grim days ofrepparttar 136316 Great Depression.

U.S. Glass was actually a combination of companies that rallied together to surviverepparttar 136317 economic downturn.

Forrepparttar 136318 sake of brevity,repparttar 136319 following information touches upon onlyrepparttar 136320 first and last of these 92 designs. Hopefully,repparttar 136321 reader will go on to researchrepparttar 136322 remaining designs to further expand their knowledge of these brilliant designs that came fromrepparttar 136323 minds of artists in those days – withoutrepparttar 136324 use of computer-aided technology!

As one might assume,repparttar 136325 first of these patterns (alphabetically, not chronologically) turned out to be Adam, produced byrepparttar 136326 Jeanette Glass Company for three years, beginning in 1932. Jeanette’s Adam pattern embracedrepparttar 136327 Art Deco movement ofrepparttar 136328 time period with its geometrical squares and conical shapes that beautifully complementedrepparttar 136329 flower-and-leaf floral motifs. Produced in green, pink, yellow, dark green, and crystal (clear), Jeanette manufactured utilizedrepparttar 136330 Adam design in 37 pieces, and many reproductions of this design find their way intorepparttar 136331 marketplace – notably, a yellow butter dish notorious among knowledgeable dealers and collectors as a fake.

Collecting Depression Glass – Where to Start.

Written by Murray Hughes

Okay, so you’ve been bitten byrepparttar Depression Glass bug, and those pretty patterns and pastel colors beckon you fromrepparttar 136307 shelves of an antique dealer’s shop, a friend’s home, or maybe you’ve even discovered this special glassware onrepparttar 136308 Internet. How ever it’s come about that you’ve developed a yen for Depression Glass, you need to know where and how to start collecting it – unless you’re made of money, have oodles of time on your hands, and don’t care whether you getrepparttar 136309 real thing or not. But if you’re like most of us, and those things don’t apply to you, here are a few tips to get you started onrepparttar 136310 road to what may very well become a fascinating and lifelong hobby.

Step 1 – Buyrepparttar 136311 latest edition ofrepparttar 136312 book, The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass by Gene Florence that boasts a recommendation fromrepparttar 136313 National Depression Glass Association. Mr. Florence’s comprehensive book covers allrepparttar 136314 known patterns with photographs and current price listings, short histories ofrepparttar 136315 manufacturers, information on detecting fakes and reproduction pieces, along withrepparttar 136316 production dates and colors of each design. All this, includingrepparttar 136317 author’s own personal anecdotes about this addictive hobby, make this book not only one ofrepparttar 136318 most useful tools from which to learn about Depression Glass, but turns learning aboutrepparttar 136319 subject into entertainment, as well.

Step 2 – Go to glass shows and conventions, join Depression Glass clubs, and visit antique shops in your area that carry it. It’s imperative to learn about this type of glass from hands-on knowledge in order to get a true feel of how it looks “in person.” Soon you’ll learn many, if not all,repparttar 136320 colors and patterns, and be able to distinguish reproductions – most commonly made in Mexico and India – fromrepparttar 136321 genuine article. Color, patterns, weight, mold markings – evenrepparttar 136322 bubbles – of real Depression Glass hold a uniqueness all their own.

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