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.

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DEPRESSION GLASS VASE AND FAUX FLOWERS
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
DEPRESSION GLASS VASE AND FAUX FLOWERS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
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PINK DEPRESSION GLASS CAKE PLATE
Oct 25, 12:00 PM EDT
PINK DEPRESSION GLASS CAKE PLATE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
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MINIATURE COSTA BODA VASE AND DEPRESSION GLASS VASE
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
MINIATURE COSTA BODA VASE AND DEPRESSION GLASS VASE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
Pink Depression Glass Footed Console Bowl
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Pink Depression Glass Footed Console Bowl
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$101 Bid
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SELECTION OF GREEN DEPRESSION GLASS ITEMS
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
SELECTION OF GREEN DEPRESSION GLASS ITEMS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD30- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
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7 DEPRESSION GLASS DISHES , 5 GREEN , 1 AMBER & 1 CLEAR
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
7 DEPRESSION GLASS DISHES , 5 GREEN , 1 AMBER & 1 CLEAR
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
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GREEN DEPRESSION GLASS ITEMS INCL BUTTER DISH WITH LID & MIXING BOWLS
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
GREEN DEPRESSION GLASS ITEMS INCL BUTTER DISH WITH LID & MIXING BOWLS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN 3 FOOTED ROSE BOWL
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN 3 FOOTED ROSE BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$21 Bid
2 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN BUBBLE DINNER PLATES
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
2 DEPRESSION FOREST GREEN BUBBLE DINNER PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$101 Bid
Vintage Green Depression Glass Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Green Depression Glass Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
Lot of 8 Pink Depression Glass Saucers
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 8 Pink Depression Glass Saucers
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Manhattan Pink Depression Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Manhattan Pink Depression Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Large Lot of Pink Depression Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Pink Depression Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Large Lot of Pink Depression Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Pink Depression Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Large Lot of Pink Depression Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Pink Depression Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Pink Depression Glass Lady Bathing Soap Dish Holder
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Pink Depression Glass Lady Bathing Soap Dish Holder
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $25- $50
$150 Bids
Lot of 3 Pieces of Green Depression Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Pieces of Green Depression Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of 11 Pink Depression Glass Plates
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 11 Pink Depression Glass Plates
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of 2 Pink Depression Glass Serving Platters
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Pink Depression Glass Serving Platters
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of 2 Pink Depression Glass Serving Platters
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Pink Depression Glass Serving Platters
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Pieces of Open Lace Old Colony Pink Depression Glass
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 3 Pieces of Open Lace Old Colony Pink Depression Glass
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of 4 Green Depression Glass Plates
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 4 Green Depression Glass Plates
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Green Depression Glass Center Bowl
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Green Depression Glass Center Bowl
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Green Depression Glass Vase
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Green Depression Glass Vase
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Depression Glass


Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre