Cherry Blossom Depression Glass - Real or Repo Knowing if your Cherry Blossom Depression Glass is real or repo can be frustrating! Here's a few tips breaking down the different ways to help figure it out.
News-Antique.com - Jul 26,2009 - Cherry Blossom is just one of the hundreds of Depression glass patterns produced. It happens to by my favorite so itís the easiest to write about for me! Cherry Blossom was produced by the Jeannette Glass Co., located in Jeannette, PA from 1930 Ė 39. It was produced in the standard pink and green, but a great set can also be put together in Delphite. Additionally a limited number of pieces can be found in Crystal, Jadeite and an Amberina shade. Pink is most prevalent however in this pattern as it was produced for the entire production run, where green was discontinued after 1935. Is green impossible to find? No but it will be just a little more challenging to complete your set.
Cherry Blossom is also one of the top 5 most collected Depression Glass patterns! The beautiful pattern is not only eye catching, but has a variety of pieces making it quite useful . It also can be found just about everywhere making it a little easier to collect than some patterns. This has also made it a target, as one of the most reproduced of all depression patterns. When I identify a reproduction (repro) in a personís collection I always hear it canít be as it was my grandmothers and she wouldnít have reproductions. She had this set 50 years! Unfortunately, they were making reproís back in the 1970ís, and some even earlier. If the collector was alive and possibly buying replacement pieces, it is quite possible many collections have reproductions in them.
Trying to figure out if itís real or a repro can be difficult with this pattern as there is not really a common thread to look for in the pieces. Iíve also found there are different levels of repros with this pattern! Some of the older reproductions are very good and have slipped by the best of us, while the latter made reproís coming out of China are very bad!
My first recommendation to anyone collecting a pattern is to buy a book! I recommend Barbara Mauzyís Comprehensive Handbook of Depression Glass by Barbara & Jim Mauzy, A Schiffer Book. The hardback book has great pictures and each piece is identified so youíre not guessing what youíre looking at. There is also a pocket guide that you can carry with you when you shop. This version does not have the level of pictures but what I like is there is a place to keep the number of pieces you have so you know what you need (as long as you keep it updated). Both books list detailed information on the pieces that are reproduced. There is an R after the piece then you refer to the bottom and the author tells you what to look for. Of course there are many other great books out there, but I find this is the most comprehensive and informative.
I recently helped a dealer identify some glass and in it was a Cherry Blossom Reproduction Butter Dish.