Colored Glass of the Depression Era - Green Glassware We think COLOR when we think depression glass. But what color? Is all colored glass depression glass? How do you tell? Here's a guide to determine what is depression glass - and what is not. We'l
News-Antique.com - Nov 16,2009 - Depression glass is colored glass, right? Yes, well mostly. Clear depression glass has its own charms. Clear glass aside, when we think depression glass we think colors. And green is right up there. I did some quick checking and 21 of the first 25 patterns I checked came in green.
Depression glass is glassware that was made from about 1928 to about 1940, and almost exclusively in the United States. It was mass-produced in patterns so customers could use an entire set for dinnerware and have everything match. Some patterns were decorated with fanciful mold-etched designs and other patterns were geometric, such as spirals or ribs. Glass companies catered to the taste of the day, which was for color. One of the earliest patterns that we consider depression glass was Hocking's Spiral, made beginning about 1928 mainly in green with a few and XX colors. Most companies made some pieces in clear too, but the choice of the day was for beautiful colors, including rose pink, blue, green, topaz yellow, amethyst purple and amber.
Why the beautiful colors were so popular for those 10-12 years, and have been much less popular since, is something we can speculate about. The depression was grim and hard for many, Perhaps the cheerful gleam of yellow breakfast dishes or the green kitchenware gave feelings of optimism and good cheer even while they struggled to find work, to buy necessities. Colored glass was bright and happy.
Green depression glass is usually the color of grass or a green crayon. Fenton and New Martinsville made a lighter jade color, and of course Hocking and others introduced the opaque jade green Jadite glass for kitchenware. But the predominant shade for green was the green you find in the crayon box. The green Georgian Lovebirds large creamer shown is typical. This is depression green. Some people call green glass vaseline when the glass under black light due to the small amount of uranium colorant, but in fact vaseline glass is greenish yellow, not green.
If you like green glass, some popular green patterns you might consider collecting are Adam, Cherry Blossom and Doric from Jeannette Glass, Florentine Poppy and Royal Lace from Hazel Atlas, Dogwood from MacBeth Evans, Cameo, Block Optic, Mayfair, Spiral and Princess from Hocking and Patrician and Georgian and Sharon from Federal Glass. Of these Jeannette's green is a little lighter and brighter than the others and Hazel Atlas, Hocking and Federal's green were pretty close in tone. Each of these companies made other patterns in green in at least a few pieces, but these are good patterns to collect because the companies made the patterns in many pieces, which makes them fun, and they are reasonably available. It's no fun to collect something you cannot find.
All these patterns except Spiral had beautiful mold-etched patterns where the design was cut into the mold, producing glass with scrolls, swags and flowers raised on the exterior. If you are considering collecting any of these you'll want