Written By: Carolyn Robinson


I remember, as a young child, my Mom treasured her antique glass.  Her interest was primarily in clear pattern glass and carnival glass.  Perhaps because this type of glass was what she remembered while growing up at my grandma’s house.   Another clear pattern glass that she especially liked had an Iris flower pattern.  She and my Dad would go to house auctions and occasionally antique shops searching for this pattern glass that had an Iris flower.  Through the years, my Mom gathered quite a lot of this Iris flower pattern glass.  My Mom would tell me that this Iris flower pattern glass was depression glass.  I had no idea what she was talking about.  Only, that for some reason, she really liked this clear glass with the Iris flower.  Years later, I did learn that my Mom’s glass pattern was called Iris by Jeannette Glass Company.

After I was married, my Mom and Dad came for a visit.  Searching for something to do, we all piled into the car and went to a local flea market.  What a wonderful site at the market!  There were rows and rows of vendors with the most beautiful glassware I had ever seen.  Pinks, greens, blues, all the colors of the rainbow.  As we  walked around, my Mom convinced me that I should start my own collection of antique glassware.  Collecting antique glassware had given her so much joy, she wanted to share this experience with me.  Where to start and what to buy?  A hard decision, but I finally settled on a beautiful pink color cake plate.  The cake plate was covered with beautiful flowers and in the center was a cluster of cherries.  I later learned that the name for this pattern was Cherry Blossom.  This too was a depression era pattern manufactured by the Jeannette Glass Company.  The same company that had manufactured the Iris pattern my Mom had loved for so many years.

Depression Glass Among Three Generations

Depression Glass Among Three Generations

This was the start of my depression era glassware collecting.  In time, I hope my passion and love of this beautiful glassware will be passed on to my daughters and granddaughters.

Sharing stories and collecting through the generations.  What a great way to discover and learn about the generations of antique glassware.

Ripple Effect

Celebrating with family and friends creates memories that you will treasure forever. Make that time with loved ones special by creating an atmosphere that inspires your guests to enjoy the moment, put away their phones and connect and laugh with others in person. Dress your party table with Vintage Glassware to reflect a time when life was a little simpler, when nightly family dinners took precedence.

Whether you are celebrating a wedding, birthday or baby shower, make a beautiful statement by setting your table with 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s all American Glassware or 1920’s and 30’s Depression Glass. Not only will your home look stunning, your guests will feel so special and your party will be a huge success.

Hazel Ware (Capri)

Hazel Ware “Capri”

Two of my favorite settings to use is Hazel Atlas Company’s Ripple and Hazel Ware Capri. Ripple is an early 1950’s pattern that was perfect for both my wedding shower and my 1st baby shower (girl). By mixing the pink and white dishes with Fire King’s black dot mixing bowls created a retro inspired table that is so me. Hazel Ware Capri, a 1960’s pattern, was used at my second baby shower (boy). The table setting was absolutely breathtaking and our guests commented to the host on how beautiful the shower was.

Luckily for the inner designer in all of us there are numerous patterns, colors and styles of glassware to choose from. One thing I like to do is mix and match the eras and patterns to create a unique table setting that can be changed depending on what party statement I want to make.

By visiting the Sanlando Depression Glass Show, you can start or add to a collection that will show off your individuality. Visit and shop with our dealers Jan. 23 & 24, 2016 to create a table that is all your own.

Hazel Atlas "Ripple" & Fire King "Black Dots" Splash Proof Bowls

Hazel Atlas “Ripple” & Fire King “Black Dots” Splash Proof Bowls