First Class Glass
ABOUT DEPRESSION GLASS
September 26, 2013
This past year and a half has been a difficult one. My wonderful husband,
Frank, died in February after
a long illness. Since then I've been dealing with everything that entails. Unfortunately my
business, First Class
Glass, has suffered from lack of attention and will continue to do so because of everything I
still have to do. So I have
decided to take a break.
Starting now, and until further notice, I will not be taking any orders for First Class
Glass. Come this spring I will do a complete update and be open for business.
Thank you for your continued patronage.
See you in the spring.
Welcome to First Class Glass. For those of you
unfamiliar with or unsure of the term Depression Glass, it simply refers to any glass,
except Pattern Glass which is pressed glass and generally much heavier, which was made
during the depression era. Technically the depression began with the Stock Market
crash in 1929 and ended with the entry of the U.S. in WWII. However, the lines have
been somewhat relaxed and now most collectors will accept glass made anywhere form the mid
1920's to the mid 1940's as depression glass.
There were dozens of companies producing this lovely glass in the U.S., most of them
located in the mid-west, particularly Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,
Oklahoma, etc. Some of the more well-known companies were Heisey, Fostoria,
Cambridge, Tiffin, Morgantown, Paden City, Westmoreland, U.S. Glass, Hazel-Atlas, Hocking
(later Anchor Hocking), McKee, Lancaster and Jeannette. However, there were many
other lesser known companies (or whose names may not be as familiar) such as Bryce,
Bartlett-Collins, Standard, Monongah and Louis. These companies produced a myriad of
glass in many different colors from plates and bowls to goblets and butter dishes and
candlesticks. Rarely was the glass marked with the manufacturer's name or mark
except for kitchen glass which is often marked.
Remember, this was cheap glass. It was often given away at movie theatres, in grocery
stores with a bag of sugar or flour, in department stores with a purchase of furniture,
etc. It was generally sold in the five and dime stores. Sometimes the quality
of the glass was less than perfect. Often there were mold flaws. A mold flaw
is an imperfection that occurs during the manufacturing process. Sometimes the mold
into which the glass was poured didn't fill out completely. Sometimes the straw on
which the hot glass was set to cool would leave and indentation, called a "straw
mark" in the glass. Most collectors understand mold flaws and realize that
unless the flaw is major they don't affect the value or beauty of the glass and still
consider the glass to be perfect.
There are two major categories of Depression Glass. The first is simply referred to
as Depression Glass and the second is called Elegant Glass. (More on Elegant Glass
below.) We divide the category of Depression Glass itself into two sub-categories.
The first is "known" patterns, i.e. those patterns and/or shapes that are
recognized by collectors and were given names by the manufacturers or the collectors.
The second group is what we call "generic glass". Generic glass is
often hard to identify because there were so many hundreds of pieces of glass produced in
different patterns and designs and many of them didn't have names. Known patterns
can be seen in in The Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass by Gene
Florence. Generic glass, as well as known patterns, can be found in Colored
Glassware of the Depression Era Book 2, by Hazel Marie Weatherman. As for
Elegant Glass it is generally fancier, looks more delicate and is often etched.
A good reference book for is Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era
also by Gene Florence. In addition to depression and elegant glass there was
glassware produced during the depression era for use in the kitchen, such as canisters,
reamers (orange juice squeezers), syrups, butter dishes, shakers, mixing bowls, etc; glass
for use in the bedroom and bathroom, such as towel bars, powder jars, lamps, nite sets
(pitcher or carafe and glass), clocks, perfumes, vanity sets, etc; and children's glass
dishes. Children's glass is exactly that, glass dishes made for children for
playtime. It was generally made in sets which included cups/saucers, plates, creamer
and sugar. Some later sets even included the teapot.
At First Class Glass we specialize in the known patterns of Depression Glass along with
Elegant Glass, Kitchen Glass, Bedroom and Bathroom Glass and Children's Glass as well as
Generic Glass. We have lots to choose from and we're always adding more to our
inventory. We also have a multi-dealer antiques and collectibles shop in Wells,
Maine where we have many many pieces of generic glass along with hundreds of other
antiques and collectibles.
Thank you for
visiting our website. We hope you enjoy yourselves.
First Class Glass
Caren & Frank
P.O. Box 416
Wells, ME 04090-0416
207/985-9294 Daily 9AM to 10PM EST
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