Jeannette’s Floral Patterned Depression Glass at Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass Part 2 Part 2 will cover more floral mold-etched depression glass from Jeannette, including Iris and Herringbone, Adam and Doric & Pansy. This is glass you’ll enjoy collecting, displaying and using!
News-Antique.com - Aug 07,2007 - Iris and Herringbone came in crystal and iridescent with a few pieces in other colors. We’ve sold a solid white vase with green outside and you may find various flashed colors. Jeannette made crystal Iris during the depression and the iridescent later, mainly the 1950s. The flashed or painted colors are mostly the later time period and 1970s as well.
Iris crystal dinner plates, sherbets, coasters and tumblers have been reproduced. To date I have not seen a repro. According to the book Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass by Gene Florence, the repro tumblers have uneven designs and the herringbone on the base is sharp. The dinner plates appear easier to spot as the V-shaped point of the herringbone points out, again information from Florence.
Iris is very pretty. The design is simple and charming and the shapes are pretty. Iris has an abundance of bowls, including bowls with ruffled rims, beaded edges and plain. It is interesting to see the prices for these, with the ruffled bowls being the less expensive while the small 4 ½” bowl with beaded rim in crystal among the most costly, with book value about $35 in crystal.
The sugar bowl is really nice especially with the cover. It’s just a simple sugar – but with such an effective, attractive design the simple pieces stand out. Tumblers, small bowls and plates are among the harder pieces to accumulate, and of course you need more of them for table use than you do the bowls or serving pieces. The saucer is more difficult to find than the cup, oddly enough.
Other fun pieces are the butter. There are two sizes of sherbet, a short one that looks like a small footed bowl and a tall one with a stem. The iridescent taller stem sherbet is unusual and quite valuable. I was a second too late to get one at an estate sale last summer!
Iris glass can have the usual nicks and roughness but is not unusually prone to inner rim roughness or damage. If iridescent is your favorite be careful to get pieces that have even coloring. Some of the crystal has a yellowish look and you’ll want to be sure you get glass with reasonable clarity.
Adam depression glass is a stylized pattern with a central large floral / paisley design and small flower clusters on the rims. Adam came in pink and green and you may find pieces in Delphite blue and even yellow or crystal.
Adam is popular and pieces in good condition can be pricey. Some of the choisest pieces are the covered candy jar, vase and lamp. The vase is an interesting shape, a nicely rounded oval with the square rim on the top.
Adam has wide, flat rims on the bowls and plates and these chip easily. Check especially the inner rims for roughness and the usual areas on the rims for damage. It’s often wise to ask online sellers to check inner rims if their descriptions don’t