Depression Glass

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2015-06-26 10:54:12

Depression glass is a popular form of collectible glassware produced by manufacturers in the United States during the Great Depression.

 

Origins

The majority of Depression glass was produced in the American Midwest between the late 1920s and the 1940s, and was of a fairly low quality. Such pieces were cheap, mass-produced items given away as free gifts by a wide range of companies, such as hidden inside food packets or offered along with a cinema ticket.

Despite their low quality, which usually included visible air bubbles and heavy mould marks, pieces were produced in a wide variety of colours and patterns and proved extremely popular with the public. The manufacturing process meant that the pieces were extremely cheap, at a time of huge financial hardship for the majority of consumers.

Collecting Depression Glass

Since the 1960s Depression glass has become increasingly popular with collectors due to its range of colour and patterns. Good quality pieces are increasingly hard to find on the market, as there are very few mint-condition examples available.

Depression glass items such as bowls and plates were designed to be used on a regular basis, and it is difficult to find examples without even minor wear and scratches.
Many collectors focus on a specific manufacturer, whereas others collect entire sets in a particular pattern.

There are a wide range of patterns to collect, but many have been reproduced by other manufacturers over the years. When collecting a specific pattern it is important to check reference books to see which have been reproduced and when. This research can prevent buyers from purchasing later pieces, and help them increase their knowledge of the genuine article.

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