Depression Glass


Bohemia vintage grapevine crystal

Now that I’ve started intentorying (does such a word exist?)  our stuff, I find myself immersed in all sorts of highways and byways of the net. I’m doing background research.

I have a couple of items that I think are genuine Depression Glass.

This green set – cup, goblet and tray belonged to a dear friend of mine who has passed on to greener pastures. I know – probably in bad taste, but said with the greatest of love and respect. She was a lover of fine things.

Try as I might, I have not found anything like it on the net. Admittedly I’m not the world’s best at searching the net. And I have no idea of the lingo I should use to fine tune my searches.

And this wavy little cobalt blue bowl I inherited from one of my work places. I was told at the time that it was a valuable antique. It has the cobalt blue hue of depression glass. Although small, the glass is quite thick and heavy. Again I have had no success in finding anything like it.

Anybody got any clues or ideas ?

© Raili Tanska

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Our memories give us voice and bear witness to history, so that others might learn. So they might celebrate our triumphs and be warned of our failures.  MOHINDER SURESH


40 thoughts on “Depression Glass

    1. Ah, the Spanish tourist emerges! It is called depression glass because it was made during the depression and at the time was cheap, used as giveaways by companies, was poor quality. Now a collectible antique. Some pieces apparently very rare and valuable if in good condition. Comes in various colours, depending on what goes into the making – commonly green, cobalt blue, pink, milk….I expect you would get some in the Oxfam shop and other such places.

      1. I had a feeling that may be what it was… I’m not sure how much of it would have ended up in the UK, but I’ll research it, since the volunteer who usually deals with ephemera is going to be off sick for a while, and I’m doing her job as well as my own, until she comes back – except I’ve just taken a holiday.
        I got home about an hour ago

      2. Welcome home Jane! I trust your holiday was nothing short of fabulous:) Calen identified the Green glassware for me – it is Green Carnival Indiana Glass, Grape Harvest Pattern. She has a bowl in the same pattern they got as a wedding gift. The blue bowl remains a mystery….

      3. That’s quite a coincidence…
        I had a lovely time. It was great to see my brother and his family, and Spain is beautiful in it’s own way. I discovered that his mother-in-law has managed to track down some of my maternal family’s history! If only my mum was still alive – she’d be thrilled to learn more about her parents. Sadra gacve me a whole pile of photocopies – including my grandparents marriage certificate and a picture of the ship that brought my mum and aunt back to the UK from Canada after my grandma died!
        I don’t know when I’ll post again – there’s a lot going on and I feel overwhelmed…

      4. It’s all fun and games around here. Turns out the guy who beat Laura up isn’t satisfied with trying to kill her – now he says he’s going to kill me. The police have checked his record and are taking it seriously.
        These little things are sent to try us…

    1. Really? How interesting. Calen gave me the name of the green set. It’s Green Carnival Indiana Glass Goblets, Grape Harvest Pattern. She has some in a different colour. If/when I find out, I’ll let you know. A friend of mine, the super sleuth of research is looking into it 🙂

  1. Here you go: That there is Green Carnival Indiana Glass Goblets, Grape Harvest Pattern, 3. I have a stemmed fruit bowl that matches (only is a lot larger and is made out of iridescent gold that changes color depending on where you see it from). I also have a white milk glass one with grapes that’s a bit smaller. That one was my mom’s. The gold one was a wedding present.

    1. Thank you for reading and going to the effort of sending me this link. One of my blog followers sent me the name of the green glass set. She has a bowl in the same pattern ! It’s Green Carnival Indiana Glass, Grape Harvest Pattern.

    1. Thanks Barbara. I now have info on the green one. It is a depression glass – Green Carnival Indiana Glass, Grape Harvest Pattern. A friend of mine who is a super sleuth is doing some research for me, so I will be interested to see what she uncovers 🙂

      1. Loved your answers and understand your position. Thank you for mentioning me in your blog. Maybe some more people will find mine through you. Who knows! Have a lovely weekend. (I’m having a xmas meal this afernoon at Mr. Ex and Newbie’s. With their baby and my teens + daughter’s boyfriend. My daughter asked us to and if it’s important for her, it’s important for us!)

      2. I do hope you will get more visits from the link. Have a wonderful Christmas meal – such a special time. Do you have snow where you are? I know some years further south miss out these days. My most special memories of Finland are of a white Christmas. The one time of the year i still miss it.

      3. Thank you! No… no now in Helsinki! I used to live in Oulu and there, things were quite different.

        My favorite Christmases are white cottage Xmases in the middle of a forest in central Finland.


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