it was much more expensive and American Companies were far behind Japan and other foreign countries in producing colorful, attractive china in a large variety. Elegant glass provided a variety of beautifully etched designs in an equally attractive array of colors as well as pieces! There was a piece of glass created for every possible use in many patterns! This was something else Depression Glass did not offer. The more successful an Elegant pattern was the more pieces you would find. Take Candlewick for example. You have your standard table setting but you also have a Card Tray which the lady of the house would have her cards on and setting in the middle of her bridge table when her guests would arrive; lights were made for every room of your house; not only the glasses were made for your cocktails but the decanter, the bitters bottle and even the muddler was made all you needed to serve a proper drink!
Elegant Glass was made by several glass companies. Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, Imperial just to name a few. Because of the war many glass companies went out of business or were bought out by other companies. Molds continued to be utilized and patterns went on just under other names.
One more thing… where Depression for the most part was fading away in the 1940s it was the opposite for Elegant Glass. The momentum for this type of glass was increasing. Think about it, families were benefitting post war and wanting to add the finer things. People disposed of their Depression Glass as it represented a time they couldn’t afford anything else! Elegant Glass represented status, change an individual affluence. I remember when I was 16 I purchased my first piece of Depression Glass and my mother’s first words were “What did you buy poor man’s glass for?” My response was if you would have kept yours you would have been a rich darn woman! However, that shows you the mindset of a particular item. A single piece of glass represented a status to many.
There is beauty in both types of glassware as well as an economic building of a nation. Their differences although great their common threads are stronger. These were developed early in our history, their production kept this country going during a hard time and they lived on for future generations to cherish!
Well, now that you know the definitions of each aren’t they a perfect fit? Stop by TLC Antiques & Collectibles to find both Depression & Elegant Glass. If we don’t have it we’ll find it for you! You can visit us on the web at www.TLCAntiques.net or stop by our booth in Adams Antiques, Adamstown, PA. We can also be found on the weekends April – October at Shupp’s Grove, Adamstown, PA.