Blue Glass - Azure to Cobalt Glassware of the Depression Era Beautiful blue depression era glass came in every shade from deepest cobalt to transparent azure and it remains one of the most popular colors. Let's look at the glassware you can enjoy in your home.
Fostoria Glass made several etched patterns in medium dark blue in the late 1920s and early 1930s before switching to azure blue shade. Look for Royal and Vesper etched pieces in medium dark royal blue.
Fostoria made our beloved June and Versailles in a medium light blue. Both of these patterns are stunning. Fostoria used the Fairfax blank for stemware which has a clear stem and foot and colored bowl and there is faceted knob on the stem that makes it easy to hold and gives that design punch.
June glass combines flowers with ribbons and bows and is exquisite and one of the best selling vintage elegant patterns. Versailles has an etched central fan motif surrounded by lavish scrolls and swags. We have both patterns in our store Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass. The photo shows a Versailles etched blue bouillon cup which is like a small cream soup.
Fostoria started making Baroque in light blue, about the same color as used for Versailles, in the tail end of the depression until 1943. You can find some etched patterns in blue Baroque, notably Lido which looks like poofs of milkweed. Fostoria etched Meadow Rose on Baroque which is a stunning combination.
Cambridge of course made many patterns in blue glass and made several shades of blue. Cambridge used their ten-sided Decagon blank for so many choice patterns. Cambridge called their blue used for Decagon Bluebell and it is very close in color to Fostoria's Fairfax.
If you like blue glassware you have so much to choose from: Choose cobalt blue depression glass and enjoy art deco-influenced Moderntone or select the exquisite Fostoria June or Versailles etched azure blue. The choice is yours.
Shopping information: Glassware shown is available at Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass. It's like antiquing with your best friend.