Saturday Snapshot: Depression Glass

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I come from a family of collectors. Different family members collect different things, but there’s one thing both sides love: Depression glass. As the name suggests, this glass was made and distributed during the Great Depression — often as a “freebie” for purchasing certain products. It’s not high-quality stuff, but it’s been collectible since the 1960s.

The glass comes in a range of colors (everything from clear to amber to cobalt blue and ruby red) and patterns. My paternal grandmother has several sets of the green, and between them my maternal grandmother and uncle have several sets each of green, amber, pink, and clear.

Green Depression glass

Close-up of the pink:

Pink Depression glass

Some of my favorite memories involve eating off these dishes at Easters, Thanksgivings, and Christmases. I didn’t know until a few months ago that there were colors other than these; but my dad has really gotten into collecting as well, and has several of the cobalt blue pieces which are very striking. I don’t have a photo of his pitcher, but this is what it looks like:

Cobalt blue Depression glass

Depending on its rarity, a single piece of Depression glass can sell for hundreds of dollars. My grandmother(s) are fond of informing (perhaps threatening?) me that some of it will be willed to me; I look forward to hosting my own holiday meals with them.

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4 Responses

  1. Jenny August 18, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    I really like the cobalt blue!

    • amypeveto August 18, 2012 / 9:08 pm

      Me, too! It’s my favorite, although I think all of it is pretty.

  2. Kathy August 19, 2012 / 10:06 am

    Lovely table and such a wonderful way to share your family memories. Your green, amber and pink glass is the pattern Patrician. There are many depression glass patterns and you can mix colors or patterns or use just a piece or two. I like how you combined the pink, amber and green on your table, so pretty and cheerful.

    The blue pitcher is Royal Lace, and it is one of the more expensive patterns. Patrician is quite affordable.

    • amypeveto August 19, 2012 / 11:15 am

      I know a little bit about the patterns, but didn’t know this one is Patrician; my dad and his mother tend to collect Princess. The first photo is of the table at my grandparents’ house, so my grandmother takes the credit for combining the colors.

      I love the blue, so it makes sense it’s the most expensive; wine tastes on a beer budget and all. :) It’s all lovely stuff, even more so because of the good memories attached to it.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy!

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