Collecting Depression Glass - Where to Start
Okay, so you've been bitten by the Depression Glass bug, and
those pretty patterns and pastel colors beckon you from the
shelves of an antique dealer's shop, a friend's home, or maybe
you've even discovered this special glassware on the 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 get the 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 on the road to
what may very well become a fascinating and lifelong hobby.
- Buy the latest edition of the book, The Collector's
Encyclopedia of Depression Glass by Gene Florence that boasts a
recommendation from the National Depression Glass Association.
Mr. Florence's comprehensive book covers all the known patterns
with photographs and current price listings, short histories of
the manufacturers, information on detecting fakes and
reproduction pieces, along with the production dates and colors
of each design. All this, including the author's own personal
anecdotes about this addictive hobby, make this book not only one
of the most useful tools from which to learn about Depression
Glass, but turns learning about the subject into entertainment,
- 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, the colors and
patterns, and be able to distinguish reproductions - most
commonly made in Mexico and India - from the genuine article.
Color, patterns, weight, mold markings - even the bubbles - of
real Depression Glass hold a uniqueness all their own.
- Subscribe to magazines, newsletters, and other periodicals
that focus on collecting Depression Glass. The National
Depression Glass Association offers an online newsletter
subscription on its site at www.ndga.net, and Collector's News, a
print magazine, frequently features articles of interest to
Depression Glass fans.
- Meet and make friends with an expert! There's nothing like
having a mentor to guide you when you're in the process of
learning something new - especially about Depression Glass. Such
tips as learning to use your tactile sense of feel to detect
chips and cracks, holding a piece up to the light to help
determine its authenticity, and other helpful information usually
come from personal relationships. Attending shows, joining clubs,
and visiting antique shops all provide opportunities to make
friends with people who've been involved in collecting Depression
Glass - some for as long as 40 or 50 years.
The most important thing to remember when you begin your
Depression Glass hobby, however, is to have fun! Even if you do
make a mistake, get occasionally "rooked" with a fake, or buy or
sell something you later regret, you'll always have the
experience of appreciating an interesting and fascinating hobby.
And then, when you do make the find of your life - well, that's
what it's all about! All those "mistakes" soon become laughable,
fond memories when you proudly display your wonderful Depression
So get out there and make your start today or look for the
next beautiful piece to add to your growing collection.
Until next time,
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