It’s common to find the cup and saucer valued between $10 and $20. There are also full sets of four to six cups and saucers that come up on the market from time to time.
This pink vase was valued at $17 in 2008, though that has likely risen since considering the more common green vase is often listed around $25.
Also dating between 1929 and 1933, this sherbet dish was made by Hocking Glass Company. It features the Block Optic pattern in green glass and has consistently retained a value of $4 to $5 for a number of years. You can also find sets, ranging from two to six dishes with similar values per piece.
Pieces by MacBeth-Evans Glass Company are rather common. The beautiful pink glass such as that used in the piece above can be found in plates, bowls, pitchers, and all sorts of tableware.
The Colonial Block pattern seen in this goblet is often confused with the Block Optic pattern. Produced by Hazel Atlas Glass Company in the early 1930s, this piece has been shown in Depression glass books in the past for $75. However, this tumbler is generally too common to bring that price. Instead, you can expect to find them valued in the $10 range.
The Hocking Glass Company’s Block Optic green luncheon plate dates to between 1929 and 1933. Generally, a single 8-inch plate will be valued between $5 and $10.
This particular vase measures 6 inches tall, but the height can vary somewhat from piece to piece. It was made by Jeannette Glass Company between 1937 and 1938. Pink is not too common of color in the Petal Swirl pattern, and you’re more likely to find it in ultramarine green.
In 2008, the lone dish would be valued at around $6 and you can still find them for that price. However, it’s more common to see recent asking prices double that, ranging from $10 to $15.
The Windsor pattern has a nice geometrical texture and this pink glass pitcher is rather common. Made by Jeannette Glass Company from 1936 through 1946, it was valued between $25 and $35 in 2008. You may still find pieces at that price, but it has more often dropped to $15 to $25.
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Much of this type of glass was given away as premiums, as a marketing ploy to help increase sales of a product or service. Small saucers or tumblers might be included inside a box of oatmeal, or given away at a gas station with a gasoline fill-up. Some businesses would give away one piece of glassware to each customer just for coming in the door.
“Depression glass” is also a term that is sometimes bandied about indiscriminately by glass collectors, sometimes incorrectly. Basically, this is a catch-all phrase for a general type of inexpensive glassware, in clear or colors, that was sold (or given away as premiums) during the late 1920s into the early 1940s.
“Depression Glass” might be defined as collectible, mass-produced glassware (principally tableware), inexpensively produced and very popular in average American households beginning in the late 1920s, throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s.
Another category of “Depression era” glass, usually handmade with more care and thus higher quality, is more accurately labeled “Elegant Glass”, as produced by such companies as Westmoreland Glass Company, Imperial Glass Company, Fostoria Glass Company, A. H. Heisey & Company, and others.
Some of these pieces were given away at carnivals or fairs, as a prize for throwing a coin accurately if you managed to get it to land inside a piece of glassware, or to win another type of prize at the booth. (Although so-called “Carnival Glass” is a separate category, it is also frequently misunderstood. Carnival Glass, first produced about 1908, and extremely popular throughout the 1920s, (and again in the 1970s) is merely a general term which means glass that has been “carnivalized”, that is, has an iridescent multi-colored “rainbow sheen” or “gasoline on water puddle” appearance, produced by spraying metallic salts on the glass surface during manufacture. For more information on Carnival Glass, check out this great site: David Doty’s Carnival Glass website ).
Some Depression pieces are hard to classify as to the exact pattern name, or might be called “generic” pieces, such as some rather plain-looking sugar bowls, salt shakers, ashtrays or other items that don’t seem to match any photos in depression glass price guidebooks.
As far as reference books, often available at local libraries or at bookstores, as well as available for purchase online, every serious collector of Depression Glass would greatly benefit from obtaining and studying copies of “Colored Glassware of the Depression Era” (1970) and “Colored Glassware of the Depression Era, Book 2” (1974), written by noted collector, author and researcher Hazel Marie Weatherman. The books have been widely reprinted since the 1970s, and are chock full of great background information and photos– describing many patterns and pieces, and including reprints of various glass catalog pages, info on glass companies of that era, etc.
Note: Some “Depression Glass” patterns have been reproduced in more recent years, notably in the 1970s, but even up to the present day. (Much of so-called Depression glass for sale on online auction sites is actually reproduction glass, made in Asia during the last few years, even being imported today! Terms used such as “Depression era-style” or “Depression style” indicate these are new or recent items.)
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