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Depression Glass

So named for its creation during the days of the Great Depression, Depression glass is one of the most consistently collected classes of early 20th century glassware. Developed out of a need for inexpensive and efficient pieces, Depression glass over time has only increased in demand as a memento of beauty overcoming burden.

The era of the Great Depression was a traumatic one, leaving many destitute and in financial ruin. Such hardship sent a monumental ripple through companies who specialized in elegant art glass, as their wares were considered too much of a luxury for the American family still recovering economically. Such an environment resulted in the rise of innovative glassmakers at the end of the '20s who responded to conditions with low-cost lines of glassware. Producers from Anchor Hocking and Belmont Tumbler to Padent City and Westmoreland Glass Company all created efficient yet beautiful patterns in vibrant colors.

These cheery pieces continued to be produced in large number into the '40s, but the original producers most likely never would have imagined that the pieces would still be in demand today on the auction market. While collectors clamor for some of the more popular colors including pink, amber, and translucent white, truly any Depression glass piece in mint condition is a treasure.

 

Quick Facts

  • Many businesses, from food distributors to movie theaters, would hand out pieces of Depression glass to patrons of their services
  • The elegance of Depression glass designs was in part to mollify the hard times of the era. This effort was echoed in the names for chief glass patterns, which featured names such as American Sweetheart, Holiday, Princess, and Royal Lace
  • It is not uncommon to find flaws in Depression glass pieces, as the low quality of production often resulted in air bubbles or flashovers, a small and relatively sharp protruding edge on a plate or a piece's foot that occurred when hasty creation caused the glass to slip in the mold

Learn more from The Invaluable Guide to Depression Glass.

Recommended Items at Auction

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DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN OYSTER & PEARL LARGE BERRY BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN OYSTER & PEARL LARGE BERRY BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$101 Bid
4 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN OYSTER & PEARL BERRY BOWLS
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
4 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN OYSTER & PEARL BERRY BOWLS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$101 Bid
DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN LARGE VASE
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN LARGE VASE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
DEPRESSION BLUE DIAMOND OPTIC PITCHER W/ICE LIP
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION BLUE DIAMOND OPTIC PITCHER W/ICE LIP
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$101 Bid
4 DEPRESSION CAMEO GRILL PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
4 DEPRESSION CAMEO GRILL PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $65- $95
$201 Bid
4 DEPRESSION CAMEO BREAD & BUTTER PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
4 DEPRESSION CAMEO BREAD & BUTTER PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
DEPRESSION MANHATTAN 2 HANDLED BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION MANHATTAN 2 HANDLED BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
DEPRESSION NORMANIDE SALAD PLATE
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION NORMANIDE SALAD PLATE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$31 Bid
PRESSED GLASS PITCHER & DEPRESSION GLASS BOWL
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
PRESSED GLASS PITCHER & DEPRESSION GLASS BOWL
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
Two Pairs of Depression Glass Candle Holders Cambridge 4”, EC One Pair with Label, EC
Nov 12, 1:00 PM EST
Two Pairs of Depression Glass Candle Holders Cambridge 4”, EC One Pair with Label, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
2 CLEAR DEPRESSION DIANE BOWLS
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
2 CLEAR DEPRESSION DIANE BOWLS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$20 Bids
DEPRESSION PINEAPPLE & FLORAL BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION PINEAPPLE & FLORAL BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$20 Bids
DEPRESSION PINEAPPLE & FLORAL RELISH DISH
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION PINEAPPLE & FLORAL RELISH DISH
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$30 Bids
2 DEPRESSION RED BUBBLE DINNER PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
2 DEPRESSION RED BUBBLE DINNER PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $65- $95
$200 Bids
DEPRESSION MANHATTAN 3 FOOTED BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION MANHATTAN 3 FOOTED BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
DEPRESSION GREEN BUBBLE LARGE BERRY BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION GREEN BUBBLE LARGE BERRY BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
4 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
4 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
3 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
3 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
2 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN DINNER PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
2 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN DINNER PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $65- $95
$200 Bids
2 DEPRESSION MS AMERICA GRILL PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
2 DEPRESSION MS AMERICA GRILL PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$150 Bids
2 DEPRESSION ADAM DINNER PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
2 DEPRESSION ADAM DINNER PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$150 Bids
DEPRESSION IRIS & HERRINGBONE DINNER PLATE
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION IRIS & HERRINGBONE DINNER PLATE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
DEPRESSION MIXING BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION MIXING BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$150 Bids
MADRID PATTERN AMBER DEPRESSION GLASS BOWL
Oct 10, 4:00 PM EDT
MADRID PATTERN AMBER DEPRESSION GLASS BOWL
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $20- $30
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Depression Glass


Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

A Ok Auction Company

A Ok Auction Company