Depression Glass unlike other glass collectibles were not made by a single company. Depression Glass was, as the name implies, first made during the depression era. Most of the factories producing this inexpensive glass were mainly in Southern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.
This is another piece of Imperial Glass and it couldn't be any more different from the picture above.
This saucer plate in the Candlewick pattern, which is very highly desirable among collectors. When I was still selling, these items would rarely remain in my stall very long.
I will be posting more articles and pictures of Depression Glass, so come back often and view my page.
Above are two examples of glass that bring in more money than other Depression Glass, but for two different reasons.
The lidded bowl to the left can be known as either uranium glass or vaseline glass. They are very siimilarly made and the color glows in the dark. It is very popular with collectors, although pretty scarce. They pretty much stopped making uranium glass products out of uranium in the 40's and the Cold War Era.
The compote on the right, is a totally different example. It is very popular with collectors due to the manufacturer and pattern.
The compote was made by Fostoria Glass, which produced "elegant" glassware and the pattern is called Rosepoint. They produced this pattern on many different items and in different colored glass..
The pattern above is called the moonstone pattern, which can easily be confused with another pattern that came later in the mid-20th century.
On the left you will find another nappy, this time in a leaf pattern, but notice the rich color. This was also made by Anchor Hocking and the color is one that is very collectible, called Royal Ruby.
Although very collectible and desirable, it is not the most expensive collectible.
I'm sure many of you have run into vintage milk glass bowls like the one pictured on the right at local flea markets or antique shows.
This particular pedestal bowl, made by Imperial Glass, is made in the Grape & Ivy Pattern.
You are going to find that these pedestal bowls are made by different companies, using similar names and all in vintage milk glass, however there are always exceptions to the rule... some may be different colors.
Anchor Hocking was “raised from the ashes” so to speak, as the venerable glass company sits on the site of its original premises, which burned down in 1924. The Anchor Hocking factory, called the Black Cat, is partially named for the Hocking River, on which shores it sits.
Depression Glass comes in many different colors; pink, green, clear, cobalt blue, jaedite, and royal ruby. The patterns were proprietary to the company, so they were pantented and no one else could produce them. You will find that that is diffeerent with other types of glass.
Depression Glass was used as a gimmick to get people to buy certain products or service. As an example, some were put in detergent boxes, some were given away as store loyalty items.
As an example, you might have went to an Acme Supermarket spent X amount of dollars and recieved the nappy on the right hand side of this page. Or you opened your box of "Tide" and found a creamer like the one above.
The nappy and the creamer were made by Anchor Hocking Glass, one of the largest manufacturers of Depression Glass. It shouldn't seem unusual to you then that they are still today manufacturing glass today.
A type of depression glass that is widely known and easily identifiable is "milk glass." This type of glass was made by many different companie and in many different patterns. The only similarity is the opaques white glass.
Realistically, this glass type of glass was made in Venice in the 1500s but later was adopted for use by big glass companies such as Fenton, Fostoria, L.E. Smith and Kanawha.
Some of these companies continue to produce collectible glass in this color.