The Most Popular Depression Glass Patterns

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Depression glass is affordable glassware that was mass-produced between 1920 and 1950. Despite being relatively common and mass-produced, Depression-era glass is still a desirable collectible today.

Brief History

Depression glass was a direct response to consumer demands. Homemakers wanted to fill their china cabinets with prestigious-looking glassware without the high costs. When the economy crashed decades ago, manufacturers like Anchor Hocking and Hazel Atlas shifted their focus from high-end glassware to aesthetically-pleasing glassware that could be made for less.

Nearly twenty companies produced Depression glass and released around 100 signature raised patterns in half a dozen colors. 

How to Identify Depression Glass

Since depression glass is easy to produce, depression glass is one collectible that is commonly reproduced.

Here are some characteristics to help you identify authentic depression glass:

  • Companies produced Depression glass quickly and in mass quantities. Many pieces will have small flaws like air bubbles, color variations, and mold errors. 
  • Depression glass has raised patterns that are applied to the glass. More expensive glassware like Elegant glass has recessed patterns that are etched into the glass. 

Common Colors

In the 1930s, the most popular depression glass colors were amber and yellow. Other common Depression glassware colors include green, pink, blue, and crystal. Small-batch colors like purple and orange that were unpopular decades ago are now the most expensive and sought after.

Common Depression Glass Patterns

Cameo / Ballerin

Company: Anchor Hocking Glass Company
Date: 1930 – 1934
Colors: Green, yellow, pink, and clear

Mayfair / Open Rose

Company: Anchor Hocking Glass Company
Date: 1931 – 1937
Colors: Pink, blue, yellow, and green


Company: Anchor Hocking Glass Company
Date: 1931 – 1935
Colors: Pink, green, yellow, light blue

Royal Lace

Company: Hazel Atlas Company
Date: 1934 – 1941
Colors: Cobalt blue, green, pink, crystal

American Sweetheart

Company: MacBeth Evans Glass Company
Date: 1930 – 1936
Colors: Pink, crystal

Do any of these Depression glass patterns appeal to you? Remember, there are no rules when it comes to collecting glassware. Some people collect one pattern, some people collect one color, and some people collect a single shape (like pitchers). Regardless of which wares you decide to admire, good luck and happy hunting!

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