Rare Depression Glass Pieces

Written by Murray Hughes

Depression Glass - The Rare Pieces

Did you know that if you happen to have a crystal (clear) and pink Depression Glass refrigerator bowl inrepparttar Crisscross pattern in good condition and with its original cover, that it’s valued at between $300 and $335? Or that Shirley Temple cream pitcher your grandmother keeps inrepparttar 144388 back of her upper cabinet could bring up to $1,250 at auction? If you didn’t, then you’ve been inrepparttar 144389 dark about rare Depression Glass pieces and their values! Here are a few pieces for which knowledgeable Depression Glass collectors stay on constant lookout:

The Ruby Red Aladdin Beehive Lamp

Made for only six months during 1937, this lamp currently brings anywhere from $700 to $950 – if it can be found! Most collectors owning this piece understandably do not have any interest in letting go of it, which makes it even rarer. The color ofrepparttar 144390 glass inrepparttar 144391 Aladdin series of ruby lamps varies from a light red with an amber tint to dark, rich red, withrepparttar 144392 deeper reds fetching more interest with today’s collectors. So if you have this lamp withrepparttar 144393 trademarked “Aladdin” on it wick-raising knob, you’ve truly got yourself a prize!

Cambridge Glass Company’s Blue Cleo Etched and Footed Sugar Sifter

Althoughrepparttar 144394 Cleo pattern, introduced by Cambridge in 1930, was produced in a variety of colors such as amber, green, crystal (clear), peach, and gold, it was and still isrepparttar 144395 blue that attracts buyers. Along withrepparttar 144396 oil bottle with its original stopper,repparttar 144397 footed sugar sifter proves to berepparttar 144398 hardest to find and, subsequently,repparttar 144399 most costly when it is unearthed. These sugar sifters, usually seen only in books or magazines or, if you’re lucky, in a Depression Glass club member’s private collection, can be had, reluctantly, for anywhere from $900 to more than $1,000. So if you encounter one in person, just look -- don’t touch it!

Depression Glass Companies

Written by Murray Hughes

Depression Glass Companies

Just beforerepparttar advent ofrepparttar 144387 Great Depression, more than a hundred companies manufactured glassware inrepparttar 144388 United States. Atrepparttar 144389 end ofrepparttar 144390 Depression, fewer than fifty percent of these companies remained in business. Of these companies, seven became major players inrepparttar 144391 production of Depression glass, and these seven companies utilized a little more than 90 patterns to decorate their wares. Indiana Glass, Hocking, Federal, U.S. Glass, Jeanette Glass, MacBeth-Evans, and Hazel-Atlas manufactured hundreds of thousands of pieces of this popular and inexpensive glass, creating a bright spot inrepparttar 144392 lives of everyday, working-class people during a grim epoch of American history.

Before Depression glass came along, colored and patterned glass existed, but only forrepparttar 144393 wealthy. Becauserepparttar 144394 beautifully hued and intricately designed glassware ofrepparttar 144395 times was hand-blown, andrepparttar 144396 cost of manufacturing such pieces proved prohibitive for most people, this type of glass was simply out of reach for many households. However, withrepparttar 144397 invention of mass-produced, machine-pressed glassware that produced colors and patterns – albeit ridden with flaws such as air bubbles and mold marks – a new versatility in glassware could be made available to households all over America. Because of this, evenrepparttar 144398 poorest families could now have cheerful pieces from which to serve their meals, hold sugar, salt, pepper, and other condiments, contain candy, and more – even to shake their martinis, if they could scrape uprepparttar 144399 money forrepparttar 144400 bathtub-made gin!

Adam, Cherry Blossom, Iris and Herringbone, Sierra (Pinwheel), and Windsor make up some ofrepparttar 144401 most popular and now-sought-after patterns produced byrepparttar 144402 Jeanette Glass Company from 1928 throughrepparttar 144403 1970s. From 1932 to 1942, Federal created such designs asrepparttar 144404 Sharon (Cabbage Rose), Rosemary (Dutch Rose), Madrid, and Columbia that fetch top-market prices today.

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