Jeannette’s Floral and Floragold Depression Glass at Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass Delightful floral etched depression glass – Florentine, Floral, Mayfair and more – come in beautiful colors and are so much fun to collect. Let’s look at Jeannette’s mold-etched Depression patterns.
News-Antique.com - Jun 16,2007 - Jeannette Glass floral patterns include the (appropriately named) Floral, Floragold, Iris & Herringbone, Adam, Doric & Pansy, Cherry Blossom. Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass has glass for you in each of these patterns. We’ll go through the first two patterns listed this time, give tips on what to look for and share some information about our glass. Next month we’ll go over the last four patterns.
Floral is a big, bold pattern! This is sometimes called Poinsettia as it has big sprawling petals and large leaves with five lobes. Poinsettias don’t have leaves like this but that’s ok, it’s a beautiful pattern that comes in green and pink. Jeannette Glass made Floral from 1931 to 1935 and you may find pieces in translucent light blue Delphite as well as the green and pink pieces. Floral is one of the depression glass patterns that looks like expensive elegant glass at first glass due to the quality of the design and attractive shapes. You can find pieces such as vases, comports and ice tubs that are more likely components of elegant glass patterns.
Like all depression glass, Floral was mass-produced, machine made and sold inexpensively or given away. It has the usual flaws that give depression glass its charm, such as straw marks or little irregularities. The seams on some pieces may be raised enough that you can feel them; this is not a problem but do check for little nicks. This design is less prone to inner rim roughness because the pieces don’t have flat rims, but do check around all edges for damage.
You can get a fairly complete dinner set in Floral, with three sizes of plates – bread and butter, salad/lunch and dinner – plus a divided grill plate, three sizes of tumblers, multiple bowls and serving pieces Several of the Floral tumblers are footed and shaped like rounded cones with the pattern around the full side of the glass. The foot of the tumbler will have an impressed ray design. These are fun shapes that look classy on your dinner table and you can use these to serve juice or sodas without having a full dinner set.
Pieces that are scarce (and thus more expensive) include the ice tub, candlesticks, cream soup, compote, lamp and vases. The cream soup looks like a wide, shallow bowl with two handles and is about 5 ½ inches across. Personally, I’ve not seen one! The book value for the cream soup is about $750 each, and when you realize that each place setting needs a cream soup, this becomes quite an endeavor.
Floral shakers have been reproduced. Be wary of dark blue, dark green and red as these are all reproductions. The pink appears to be a realistic copy. According to Gene Florence’s Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, the old shakers have two parallel lines where the lids screw onto the base while the newer shakers have one line. I recommend this book if you want to learn about