Depression Glass Patterns

Written by Murray Hughes

Collectors of Depression Glass find not only its beautiful colors fascinating, but its patterns, as well. With many glass producers making this type of glass, as you can imagine, many patterns resulted, creating a wide array of pretty, practical, and inexpensive glassware affordable to every American household in that lean era of history and making Depression Glass one ofrepparttar most collectible items today.

Ofrepparttar 136309 many glass manufacturers that produced Depression Glass, seven of them became major players inrepparttar 136310 field, creating a total of 92 designs. Below you’ll find some history, some trivia, some folklore, and some interesting characteristics about several of these designs.

Pattern: Cameo

This Depression Glass design, sometimes referred to as Ballerina or Dancing Girl, gets its name fromrepparttar 136311 tiny dancer found on all its pieces. Some claimrepparttar 136312 Hocking Glass Company that manufactured Cameo glass createdrepparttar 136313 pattern to honorrepparttar 136314 legendary modern dancer ofrepparttar 136315 1920s, Isadora Duncan, who tragically died when her long trailing scarf, of which she’d made her personal trademark, choked her to death when it wrapped aroundrepparttar 136316 wheel of her moving Bugatti roadster.

Duncan died in 1927, andrepparttar 136317 Cameo pattern came into being in 1930, continuing to be produced until 1934, sorepparttar 136318 story could very well be true. Regardless ofrepparttar 136319 inspiration for this pattern of Depression Glass, it continues as a much sought-after design. Hocking made most Cameo glass in green, but pink, yellow, and – more rarely – crystal, which can occasionally still be found.

Pattern: Avocado

First produced in 1923,repparttar 136320 Avocado or “Sweet Pear” pattern claims its fame for beingrepparttar 136321 very first 'true' Depression Glass design. Made byrepparttar 136322 Indiana Glass Company, Avocado pieces inrepparttar 136323 form of pitchers prove to berepparttar 136324 most difficult to find, possibly because of this pattern’s age. Indiana continued manufacturing Avocado for 10 years, untilrepparttar 136325 company retired this Art Nouveau-type design in 1933.

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.

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