Federal Glass Patterns After the Depression Available at Cat Lady Kate’s Glass Federal Glass made from 1940 to 1977 – Heritage, Petal, Pioneer, others - were small patterns, lunch sets or serving pieces. Cat Lady Kate’s Glass has added several Federal patterns that are excellen
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Federal Glass made many glass patterns during the depression that collectors eagerly seek today but fewer people are aware of the Federal patterns made during the 1940s until the company’s demise in 1977. Federal’s later patterns include Heritage, Petal, Golden Glory, Park Avenue and Pioneer. Most of these are small patterns, either lunch sets or primarily serving pieces. Cat Lady Kate’s Glass has several of these patterns in stock that are excellent items to add to your glass collection.
Heritage is a lacy design that is Federal’s answer to the Sandwich patterns. Heritage has a stippled background that is formed by a textured surface of small dots. The design has swirls and open flowers. The cup and saucer in the photo are Federal Heritage. You can see how this is reminiscent of Sandwich. Heritage was sold as a small luncheon set. It has 2 sizes of plates, a large serving bowl and smaller bowls plus cups and saucers. Heritage did not come with tumblers or a pitcher.
We have recently added several pieces of crystal Heritage at Cat Lady Kate’s Glass including cups and saucers, plates and large bowls. The least common piece is a mid-sized serving bowl which is about 8 ½ inches across. You may find Federal’s Heritage in blue and a light teal, although these are much less common than crystal.
Petal is a very pretty pattern that flowered during the 1960s and 70s. Its distinctive design is a series of arches radiating from the center with crosses at the tips of each arch. The shapes are all round circles with points. While there are relatively few shapes of Petal to hunt, it came in a rainbow of colors which makes it fun and challenging. You can find a beautiful teal color, a gold, which is called Sungold, amber, green, pink and yellow, orange. Pieces of crystal were also flashed with many colors, including orange, red, smoke carnival and pink. We’ve even found a few satinized bowls. Our daughter collects Petal and has an amazing array of colors. Petal makes a beautiful display as the pattern is very appealing and the colors are clear.
Petal came primarily in bowls, plates and hurricane-styled candles. The bowls and plates were combined to make tidbits or servers. The server in the upper right of the photo is a Petal jelly server. You may find single bowls with metal center holders that were marketed to hold nuts or candy. The tidbits would have two or three plates or bowls or combinations of both and were pretty ways to serve cookies or small sandwiches. Cat Lady Kate’s Glass has a fairly complete selection of crystal Petal.
Federal Glass made mugs and cookware similar to Fire King. The mugs came in many colors and decorations and tend to be as wide across at the top as they are tall. Handles are usually simple D-shapes. If you find a mug with an F in a shield on the bottom, then you have a Federal