by yo-toters Pat
My motivation to write this article begins with this pink Depression bowl, found at a farmers market here in New Jersey. It was 5:30 in the morning, still dark, and I spotted it on a dealer's table crammed with tons of junk and a few treasures like this one mixed in. In the dark it looked to be a 3-footed bowl, perhaps, in the Cameo pattern, certainly an Anchor Hocking depression piece, perhaps. Five dollars later, I take my treasure home, and in the light, discover that I have no idea who the heck made this piece. I have to refer to my library of glass collecting books in hopes of finding the maker. It is more feasible to refer to general books on Depression glass, rather than one of many outstanding books specific to a manufacturer. So, where to begin? Good old Mauzyís or Gene Florence is usually the best place to start. Ok, these are good starting points, but in this case, they prove fruitless. Now what? For us “older” collectors, the answer is a big duh: HMWII.
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HMWII is Hazel Marie Weathermanís “Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2,” with copyright date of 1974. In this case, she does not let us down, as on page 348 she has pictured a like bowl along with a detail drawing of the design from U.S. Glass. Interestingly, Ms. Weatherman, when unable to determine the original manufacturerís name, would dub the item with a name of her choosing, many times in honor of family and friends. In this case, she has dubbed this design “Rose & Thorn.” and has dubbed the bowl “Donna.” There you have it, how many thirty-four year old books in your library do you find to still be this useful?
But who is Hazel Marie Weatherman? I wish there was a biography about her, as I suspect it would prove to be very interesting. Ms. Weatherman was from Springfield, Missouri, and is without a doubt one of the pioneers of collecting Depression glass. She paved the way for many an author of today to further the hobby.
In her introductory notes she tells us of her frequent travels to “glass country” that actually produced the wares. She spent endless hours poring through their records and archives, and even met and interviewed workers from the factories who still retained memories of making Depression glass. She uncovered the companiesí recorded names of many patterns, where they were made, and even when they were produced. Fortunately, several of the companies visited which no longer exist (Fostoria, Imperial, Hazel Atlas, Jeannette, etc.) were still in operation at the time. For companies that were already defunct, this presented a formidable challenge for her. Undaunted, she visited the areas where these companies were located and often went door to door meeting with former employees of these factories. She even visited every library in every glass town and researched old and dusty materials to piece together information found in her book.
The result of many years of labor produced “Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2.” It is 400 pages and includes extensive photos, listings, and actual glass company catalog reprints for official identification of thousands of Depression glass pieces and patterns still not found in any other book. Her research from 43 American glass companies is represented. She covers items from many large companies which you just will not find anywhere else, for example: Akro Agate, Jenkins, Macbeth-Evans, McKee, Morgantown, New Martinsville, Standard, U.S. Glass, and many more. The glass books of today will feature many higher quality color pictures, but as an A-Z reference book, Hazel Weatherman provides more information in this book than any other single book in my library.
Sadly, Hazel Marie Weatherman passed away in 1997. Glass collectors and lovers of Depression glassware owe her a great deal. Thank you Hazel, wish I could have met you.
Although her book is long out of print, you should have success in acquiring a copy from Amazon, through one of their associate sellers. Periodically, you will also see a copy offered on eBay. You should expect to pay approximately $40 for a copy in excellent condition, worth every penny.
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by paddyandmax Max
North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society
The North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society is an organization which was created to enhance collecting interest in the types of pottery made in North Dakota. Pottery products utilizing North Dakota clay were produced during the twentieth century by a number of enterprising companies, federal programs for North Dakota and the School of Mines Ceramics Department at the University of North Dakota. Click the photo to go to the website!
by roxannesebastian Monica
Selling Price: $2,026.01; Venue: eBay
Belleek Pottery was established in 1857 in County Fermanagh, Ireland. It is famous for its iridescent glazes applied to Parian ware. The back stamp on these 13" vases dates them between 1891 and 1926. Many Belleek designs mirror nature. These vases have finely executed flowerheads and masks under the handles.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller and fellow GPSA member antiquesovertexas.
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How to Check Glass for Damage, Chips , part two
by catladykate Kathy
Chips are the bane of glass collectors and sellers. Iíve bought glass sworn to be mint that has chips as big as a quarter inch long and I do believe the sellers simply didnít see the problem. Most people run their fingers along the rim and report what they find. Unfortunately, there are all too many places for chips or rough spots besides the outer edge of the rim.
Step one is to start with clean glass. You will have a much better chance of finding damage if you have good lighting and can see the glass and not the dirt! This Tiffin Coronet bowl arrived in the mail filthy and had a nick hiding on the rim. The seller might have found the rough spot if she washed the bowl.
Bowls and plates usually chip on the rims and inner rims, seams, handles and once in a while on the underside foot or even the interior. Most of these can be found by feel or visually without too much trouble. Look at the piece and note places where there are sharp edges, or squared off rims, ribs, scallops, points or any protruding pieces and seams. These are the places you want to pay particular attention to.
Rim chips are usually right at the edge of the rim and you can find these by looking and by feel. Be careful here as chips can be very smooth.
You may find chips on the top or bottom of rims, as on plates or bowls. These may be the size of your finger and quite smooth. Usually you can see the larger ones. Feel the top and the bottom of the rims and pay attention to any roughness or change in texture or change in shape. The smooth chips can be pretty deceptive.
Sugar lids tend to get nicked on the flange that sets inside the sugar base. This Waterford Waffle depression glass sugar has a large chip on the inner flange that does not show easily to the eye but is easy to feel.
Inner rim roughness is the bane of older glass! Depression patterns with squared off rims are particularly prone to this and many people donít think to check the inside rims. Look at the inner rim to see whether it has multiple sharp edges, especially if the rim has a stair step edge. Run your finger along each of the edges and again stop and visually inspect any discontinuities. Adam depression glass, like many patterns with sharply delineated rims, is notoriously prone to inner rim roughness.
Handles can get chipped, especially if there is any extra glass on the seams or a protruding pointed angle. The Adam cup shown felt rough but it was not easy to see exactly what was damaged.
Ribs on the pattern can get chipped; this has been a problem with Queen Mary depression glass which has sharp triangular shaped ribs. Check these by running your hands along the ribs.
Stay tuned for the last part of this article in the next newsletter!
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