Depression glass is so named because it was made during the depression years. In very austere times when jobs and money were hard to come by, depression glass offered a small spark of luxury in dark times.
Green, amber, pink and blue are the main colours and come in clear or frosted glass. Gorgeous vases, bowls, dressing table sets, juicers, mixing bowl, plates and cups and saucers, to name just a few were produced in depression glass. You can collect a design pattern or just collect any design you like. Displayed in a cabinet they look fantastic.
As many years has passed since produced in the 1920's to 1940's these everyday items may be worse for wear.
What should a buyer look for?
- ensure the item is not damaged
- run your finger around the edges to find any chips
- look for any repairs
Take a photograph of a piece which has the pattern you are searching for and take it with you to antique fairs and markets. Then you'll know for sure if you have the right one and maybe you can ask them to be on the look out for that special piece.