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Depression Glass Patterns

Depression Glass Patterns

One fascinating thing about Depression glass is that it comes in different patterns. In order to create an array of glassware that was inexpensive, simple designs were carve out. These resulted variations of patterns found on the glass wares. There were many glass producers making this special type of glass wares and each of them added their own creativity in order to brand themselves. About 100 patterns had been identified. Some of these patterns are discussed as follows:

Royal lace Pattern

This is one of the most sought Depression glass. These Depression glass patterns are made in crystal clear colors and five other colors namely blue, pink, burgundy, green and yellow. The most preferred color for this glass depression pattern is the blue color. It is also named Ritz blue. The pattern came about as a result of economic accident.

General Mill had a deal with Hazed- Atlas glass manufacturing company before 1936. The deal was ended in 1936. In order to avoid wasting the remaining raw materials prior to ending the deal, Hazed-Atlas poured the remaining vats of rotten blue glass into the existing Royal lace molds. It was an instant success. Blue Royal lace Depression glass was one of the most sought after glassware during the depression area. It is still one of the most expensive of all Depression glass patterns in history. This seems to be considered a particular favorite when discussing depression glass patterns.

Avocado Pattern

This Depression glass pattern was first manufactured in 1923. The fame attached to this glass is born out of the claim that it was the first true Depression glass design in history. It was produced by Indiana Glass Company of the United States. Being the oldest pattern, avocado pieces are the most difficult antique to find among Depression glass patterns. Indiana Glass Company continued to produce this glass pattern for 10 years. This art Nourean-type design was suspended in 1933.

Cameo Pattern

This pattern is also called Ballerina or Dancing. It was so named because of the tiny dancer found in all its pieces. The manufacturer of cameo pattern was the Hocking Glass pattern. The glass ware was created to honor the legendary modern dancer of the 1920s. Her name was Isadora Duncan. She tragically died when her long trailing scarf was caught in a moving Bugatti roadster and she was eventually choked to death. Duncan died in 1927and cameo pattern came into existence in 1930. This Depression glass pattern is still one of the most sought designs. The pattern was made in variety of colors like green, yellow and crystal. Yellow and crystal are very rare pieces and difficult to find.

Cleo Pattern

This was introduced by Cambridge in 1930. It was produced in a range of colors such as gold, green, amber, crystal (clear), and peach. Blue color is the one that attracts the most buyers.

Twisted Optic Pattern

This was made by Imperial Glass Company. It has different candy dish styles. Princess Pattern: These came in pink and green colors. There were attempts to reproduce the patterns but reproduced colors shades do not match the original color shades. This is probably my favorite of the depression glass patterns.

Sharon Pattern

It came in candy dishes. The pedestal base is three and one quarter’s inches across. The circle of the glass also measured two inches across.

There are so many patterns of Depression glass. Attempt to cover all will produce volume of books. Some of the patterns discussed in this book are eye openers to the array of patterns of Depression glass that exist in the universe. As a collector, you might be lucky to come across some of the rare pieces. This brief information is just to help you identify some of the most common pattern in history. Hopefully this helps explain depression glass patterns.