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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression. Much depression glass is uranium glass. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece simply for coming in the door.

Most of this glassware was made in the Ohio River Valley of the United States, where access to raw materials and power made manufacturing inexpensive in the first half of the twentieth century. More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear (crystal), pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultramarine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).

Although of marginal quality, Depression glass has been highly collectible since the 1960s. Due to its popularity as a collectible, Depression glass is becoming more scarce on the open market. Rare pieces may sell for several hundred dollars. Some manufacturers continued to make popular patterns after World War II, or introduced similar patterns, which are also collectible. Popular and expensive patterns and pieces have been reproduced, and reproductions are still being made.


 Royal Lace was produced by the Hazel Atlas Glass company in Washington PA as early as 1934. This depression glass pattern is one of the most expensive and the most sought after of all the patterns in depression glass. The most desirable color is in the ritz blue, also known as cobalt blue. (Hazel Atlas had called their medium blue glass Ritz Blue in advertisements, however modern collectors refer to this color as cobalt blue).

The Royal Lace pattern was a full service pattern, meaning that production included every piece for a full service dinnerware setting. These pieces include dinner plates, lunch plates, cake plates, tumblers in two sizes, berry bowls and rimmed bowls, cup, saucer, salt and pepper, and a cream and sugar with lid. Serving pieces include pitchers, master berry bowls, serving bowls, large serving plates and platters and a butter dish.

The pattern is a repeating series of three roses inside a draped lace contour with intricate lacy floral design. This intricate pattern along with the desirable colors make it one of the few patterns in depression glass that has seen heightened popularity in the last several years. While many Hazel Atlas glass patterns have steadily risen in price the last decade, the Royal Lace pattern has seen the greatest jump in value and continues to maintain its collectible status.

The value of Royal Lace is not necessarily associated with it being a rare or hard to find pattern, it is mostly because of the high demand for this pattern of elegance. Many collectors are willing to pay more than current value to add certain pieces to their collection.





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