Investors See Value in Depression Glass

Date: 17 October 2002
Source: Yahoo
Forget crystal. Collectors are investing in glass -- mass-produced, molded, clear or colored pieces from the Depression era -- that were given away or cost nickels then, but not anymore.

Depending on the rarity of the pattern, a single piece can be worth thousands of dollars to the countless "glassies" who scour flea markets, antique stores, eBay or trade among themselves to assemble a complete set. The drive usually begins with the dishes Grandma left behind, and then grows as collectors discover affordable, matching pieces.

"It becomes all-consuming. It doesn't stop with one pattern or color," said Barbara Mauzy who, with her husband, Jim, wrote "Mauzy's Depression Glass" and a companion handbook with price guide that collectors carry around during their scavenging missions (Schiffer,

"We can then relate to them and say, 'Oh my gosh, that was the bowl Grandma always used for corn, or the meat platter on Sunday.' It's more of an emotional thing. It's infectious."

Depression glass -- a term that describes products made in that era by various companies -- is so hot that it has consistently made the top 20 list of collectibles in recent years. Strictly speaking, Depression glass is totally machine-made. The predominant colors are amber, yellow, pink, green, blue and "crystal," i.e. clear.

Depression-era glass, a wider classification, also includes higher-quality hand-finished or acid-etched product that is sometimes called Elegant glass.

With soaring prices, reproductions are now showing up everywhere, prompting certain collectors to inspect samples with a jeweler's loop.

Mauzy admits this is rather perverse for a product that was of a poor quality to begin with. After all, part of the appeal of Depression glass is in the ridges, straw marks, lopsidedness and poor fit that reflects the economically challenging period in the 1920s to 1940s when it was given away in movie theaters, at gas stations, or as a premium in soap or cereal boxes. Patrons who wanted other pieces could buy them for spare change.

More at the source link bellow.

600450 Investors See Value in Depression Glass
Date: 17 October 2002
Source: Yahoo

See more news about:

Others also read

Apogee Enterprises Inc. reported level sales but an increase in earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal 2003. Bloomington-based Apogee, which makes glass products and services, said the earnings increase was mainly the result of improvements in its architectural glass business.
William A. Wulfsohn, vice president and general manager of Nylon System for Honeywell International, has been named vice president of European coatings for PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) and managing director of PPG Europe. "Bill will play a vital role in helping our European coatings businesses achieve their full potential," said Michael A.
Bystronic is to take over Armatec Vierhaus GmbH with effect from 1 January 2003. For Bystronic, a global supplier of system solutions for the manufacture of architectural and automotive glass, the takeover of Armatec, which specialises in laminated safety glass and handling systems, ideally complements the Bystronic portfolio.
Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Owens-Illinois, Inc., (NYSE: OI) announced today that is has closed on the sale of $175 million principal amount of its 8-3/4% Senior Secured Notes due November 15, 2012.
The butterflies at Melbourne Zoo have gone upmarket with a new accommodation wing featuring Pilkington glass.
UCB reached an agreement with Solutia to acquire Solutia's Resins, Additives & Adhesives activity for $500 million, plus a $10 million exclusivity fee.

Add new comment