COL­LECTIBLES

The mar­ket for De­pres­sion-era glass is hot again. Let’s take a peek at the most in-de­mand pat­terns among to­day’s col­lec­tors.

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“Use it! When col­lect­ing De­pres­sion glass, it’s not just a dis­play, but also about en­joy­ing the glass in daily life.”

FOR PAT­TERNS AND COL­ORS THAT WILL MAKE TA­BLE SET­TINGS SING, vin­tage-lovers are turn­ing to De­pres­sion glass­ware. In the lat­est edi­tion of War­man’s De­pres­sion Glass Hand­book: Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, Val­ues, Pat­tern Guide by Ellen Schroy, you’ll find all you need to know about these col­or­ful col­lec­tor’s dishes—in­clud­ing 170 De­pres­sion glass pat­terns, with color pic­tures, de­tailed pat­tern draw­ings, a shape guide for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and val­ues. As a De­pres­sion glass ad­mirer from her youth, Ellen has the pas­sion to share her knowl­edge and re­search with avid col­lec­tors. “I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in an­tique glass­ware; even as a child it fas­ci­nated me,” she says. “My friends and I had many tea par­ties with my Modern­tone tea ser­vice, which I still have to­day—miss­ing only one lid.”

Pop­u­lar Pat­terns

Though there are myr­iad styles, the new hand­book sin­gles out a few pat­terns as trend­ing, both for their shapes and bold hues. “To­day’s De­pres­sion-era glass col­lec­tors tend to fol­low dec­o­rat­ing trends,” writes Ellen. This leads to se­lect­ing De­pres­sion glass­ware pat­terns that com­ple­ment the cur­rently trendy china pat­terns.” Pat­terns such as Charm, For­est Green and Royal Ruby fea­ture some square­shaped pieces that pair well with square china that’s pop­u­lar to­day. “Set­ting a pretty ta­ble is key, and mix­ing col­ors by us­ing mul­ti­ple pat­terns is what makes it so lovely,” says Ellen.

“This Azu­rite was pro­duced un­der the Fire King trade­mark.” “Pieces were made in Azu­rite from 1950 to 1954,” writes Ellen.

“These tum­blers were made by the An­chor Hock­ing Glass Co. in Lan­caster, Ohio, and Long Is­land City, New York, be­tween 1950 and 1957,” writes Ellen.

“Lucky shop­pers find some Royal Ruby pieces with orig­i­nal foil la­bels in­tact.”

Keep­ers of the Col­lectibles To keep up with the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on pric­ing and rare as­sets, the Na­tional De­pres­sion Glass As­so­ci­a­tion (NDGA) is a valu­able source. “The as­so­ci­a­tion was orig­i­nally a bunch of folks who re­ally liked De­pres­sion glass and would share in­for­ma­tion with one another,” says Pam Meyer, pres­i­dent of the NDGA. “It even­tu­ally be­came our goal to ed­u­cate all gen­er­a­tions about De­pres­sion glass and pre­serve it.” Five years ago, they added a Na­tional Glass Mu­seum in Welling­ton, Kansas, to keep the en­thu­si­asm alive. Pam highly rec­om­mends com­ing to a show to see the vary­ing de­signs in per­son, as you’ll get a bet­ter sense of your pref­er­ences. “Deal­ers and ex­hibitors come from all over the coun­try to sell or dis­play their trea­sured glass.” Not only is the NDGA good for see­ing De­pres­sion glass up close, it’s also a way to sell your own col­lec­tions. “Col­lec­tors can buy or sell De­pres­sion glass through our web­site and get all kinds of in­for­ma­tion. We also put out a news­let­ter ev­ery month that goes to our mem­bers with up­dated in­for­ma­tion,” says Pam. To en­sure that De­pres­sion glass never goes out of style, Ellen and Pam en­cour­age col­lec­tors to get younger gen­er­a­tions ex­cited and ed­u­cated about the glass. “When you get the bug, you’ve got it for­ever,” says Pam. And most im­por­tantly, re­mem­ber to not only col­lect these beautiful pieces but also use them as well. “It’s when we use our an­tiques, whether glass­ware, china or tex­tiles, that our fam­i­lies— our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren—will see the sparkle, re­mem­ber it and want to use it them­selves in later life,” says Ellen.

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