There are so many incredible stories behind Depression glass. This was the era when “pressed glass” (i.e. made from a mold, instead of hand-blown glass) appeared and was instantly popular—because suddenly tableware became much more affordable. American housewives in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s were using pressed glass for their everyday serving and dining.
During the Great Depression, glass companies began adding colors to their wares. It was a time when a bit of brightness and cheer around the breakfast table could go a long way, and the pinks, blues, greens and ambers were desirable over clear glass.
Most green Depression glass was much lighter. The milky green shown below is known as “jadeite” (and in fact, lots of what you see on the market today is reproduction, mass-produced in the last 10 years as mid-century decor is returning en vogue).
The Anchor Hocking Company made everyday pieces in this brilliant “Forest Green” color, with a pattern of swirls and flowers.
There is a lot of reproduction “Depression-style” glass out there, masquerading as vintage. It’s important to look for the signs of authenticity that are unique to the various 1930’s and 1940’s glass companies and their patterns. The Anchor Hocking “Sandwich” floral pattern, for example, always has two outlines around the petals of the flowers, for that is how the mold was made, so every piece looks exactly the same.LOLA TIP: If you find anyone advertising “Anchor Hocking Forest Green Sandwich” glass, look for the “double petals” before spending money on a faux-antique.