News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Today’s hottest collectibles may be sitting on your dining room table. Find out in KOVELS’ DEPRESSION GLASS AND DINNERWARE PRICE LIST, 8TH EDITION.
Have you ever noticed pastel glassware or colorful ceramic dinnerware in your parents’ or grandparents’ china closets? What about those plastic cups, saucers, or bowls in a myriad of opaque colors? What you’ve been admiring probably is Depression glass and other collectible dinnerware items that can be found in KOVELS’ DEPRESSION GLASS AND DINNERWARE PRICE LIST, 8TH EDITION (Random House Reference, June 2004, Trade Paperback, ISBN: 1-4000-4663-7, $16.00, $24.00 CAN). This is the all-new version of the Kovels’ established Depression Glass and Dinnerware Price List that lists over 8,000 appraiser-approved prices and identifies hundreds of pieces and patterns made from the 1920s to the 1980s. The up-to-date prices recorded are from experts, dealers, and collectors who understand the Depression glass market. Written in a user-friendly style, this is the guide for beginners as well as serious collectors who are interested in the prices, patterns, styles, and history.
KOVELS’ DEPRESSION GLASS AND DINNERWARE PRICE LIST explains factory histories, provides information on makers and marks, and includes a 16-page full-color picture timeline of styles called “Decades of Design.” Alphabetically organized, this eighth edition is packed with more than 250 Depression glass patterns and over 400 photographs and line drawings, as well as a list of clubs and publications. It documents ceramic dinnerware patterns most commonly found in shops and at flea markets. The Kovels note that during and following the Depression, favorite colors were primarily pastels, cream and white. Darker colors, such as reds and blues, became favored in the following years, as well as hand-painted designs, like those found on Blue Ridge dinnerware. By the mid 1970s, Depression-era glass and dinnerware were out of style, giving way to modern shapes, abstract designs and informal tablewares.
Always on the cusp of what’s hot in the collectibles world, the Kovels know that right now savvy collectors are just starting to look for plastic (or Melmac) dinnerware, and they have wisely included a special section about it. The Melmac section, which is not found in any other price book, is especially useful. Pottery lovers who want to know more about such collections as Autumn Leaf, Fiesta, Franciscan, Metlox, Syracuse, and Vernon Kilns will find their favorites.
A wonderful feature about this book is that it’s portable– handy enough to carry with you to garage sales, flea markets, or wherever you go to find a bargain.
Along with the prices for Depression glass and dinnerware, you’ll also find dozens of facts about the styles and history of these pieces.For example:
Lacy-style patterns helped hide any flaws on the glass.
The end of Prohibition in 1933 led to a demand for cocktail shakers, ice buckets, and other liquor-related ware.
During and following WWII, many people wanted to return to familiar dinnerware designs, which made Colonial scenes, fruit, and flowers popular decorations on many pottery dishes from that era.