Depression Glass Trivia
Depression glass facts make for interesting conversation,
especially when you're at a convention or talking amongst other
Depression glass aficionados. So here are a few items to get you
started so you, too, can have some meaningful knowledge to put on
the plate when you and your Depression glass collector friends
gather 'round and chat.
English Hobnail leads the pack as the design with around the
most available pieces still out there for collectors.
Westmoreland Glass Company produced the English Hobnail pattern
from the late 1920s to the 1980s, with the Depression-era pieces
made in eight different colors. In total, 175 pieces of this
particular design were created.
Rose Cameo, conversely, holds the record for the least number
of pieces available in a pattern. The Belmont Tumbler Company
held the patent for Rose Cameo, and only six pieces of this
design made it to the marketplace: a plate, a footed sherbet, a
footed tumbler, a berry bowl, and a 5-inch and 6-inch bowl.
Because Belmont manufactured only tumblers and was trying to
recover from a massive fire, experts speculate the actual
production of this rare design happened at the Hazel-Atlas Glass
Company, only a few miles away. A six-piece set of tumblers - the
pattern was only made in green - in mint condition can be had for
between $150 and $175 (prices may have changed since I wrote
The Jeanette Glass Company breaks all records for coming up
with the most patterns. Jeanette made 11 patterns of Depression
glass between 1928 and 1946: Sunburst, Homespun, Swirl, Doric and
Pansy, Windsor, Sunflower, Doric, Adam, Sierra, Floral, and
And then at the other end of the spectrum, the Fenton Glass
Company produced only a single pattern of Depression glass - the
Of the 200+ patterns of Depression glass created, footed salt
and pepper shakers from Hocking's Mayfair design demand some of
the very highest prices. Don't flinch when (or if) you have a
close encounter with one: They go for more than $9,000, which
makes them 1 of the most expensive items of all Depression glass
patterns at the time of writing this article.
Hazel-Atlas produced the Aurora pattern in beautiful cobalt
blue for one year only - from 1937 to 1938.
Jeanette and Federal glass companies manufactured the two most
reproduced patterns, Cherry Blossom and Madrid. Jeanette produced
43 pieces of the Cherry Blossom design from 1930 to 1939 in five
colors. Federal's Madrid output numbered 45 pieces in five colors
from 1932 to 1939. The popularity of these designs, of course,
made reproductions impossible to avoid, but also makes the
original Depression-era versions that much harder to detect.
This article, perhaps, may inspire you to dig deeper and find
out even more about the Depression glass products we've all come
to love. Hopefully, with these bits and pieces of trivia, you've
learned something you didn't already know. If you haven't, then
you need to be writing your own articles on Depression glass
trivia and enlightening the rest of us! But if you have
benefited, you can safely know that the next time you're sitting
next to that 40-year collector at convention, you, too, have more
comments to make than just about "all those pretty, Depression
Until next time,
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