Identifying and Valuing Depression Glass

Resources to Identify Patterns, Research Prices, and More

Depression glass brightens the home and the spirit for many collectors, just as it did for the original owners during the Great Depression. Some pieces of this glass are affordable for most everyone, while others are rare and extremely valuable. What these pieces all have in common is their intriguing patterns and lovely colors that have been attracting shoppers since they were new in the 1930s.

If you're trying to determine the value of Depresssion glass you own, the first step is usually...MORE identifying the pattern and/or manufacturer. Some pieces of this type of glassware are marked, but the vast majority of dinnerware pieces are not so you will have to do some research to move forward with valuation.  

Click on the links below to visit more detailed articles about Depression-era glassware, including identifying patterns, popular colors, learning more about manufacturers, and discovering the history of this interesting glass.

  • 01 of 09
    Royal Lace Cobalt Blue Depression Glass
    Royal Lace Cobalt Blue Depression Glass. Morphy Auctions

    An excellent point of departure on a topic through an article that ranks high in popularity in search categories week after week. This overview look at Depression glass includes history, manufacturers, and popular colors. You'll also glean information on how to identify reproductions and detect common condition issues that cab decrease the value of Depression-era glassware.

  • 02 of 09
    Depression Glass Royal Lace Green Plate
    Royal Lace Green Plate. - Jay B. Siegel

    This pictorial price guide includes many of the most popular colors, patterns and pieces sought by Depression-era glass enthusiasts. New entries are added regularly as quality photographs become available and values are researched. This is a great place to identify Depression pieces and patterns as well.

  • 03 of 09
    Depression Glass S Pattern
    S Pattern. - Jay B. Siegel

    This detailed pattern guide will assist you in identifying numerous Depression glass patterns, some of which can be very similar at first glance. New entries are added regularly as quality photographs become available and patterns are researched. If you have a pattern you would like to see included in this guide, email a clear and detailed photo of the pattern to 

  • 04 of 09
    Depression Glass Aurora Cup & Saucer
    Aurora Cup & Saucer. - Jay B. Siegel

    Learn more about one of the most intriguing and popular colors in Depression glass collecting. This overview article including patterns, how to keep an eye out for reproductions, and the high price of cobalt blue glassware. 

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  • 05 of 09
    Pink Depression Glass in a Variety of Patterns
    Pink Depression Glass in a Variety of Patterns. Pamela Y. Wiggins

    If you just love pink glassware, don't miss this feature highlighting one of the most popular Depression glass colors. Learn about the most popular pink patterns, reproductions to watch out for, and bargains available in this rosy hue. 

  • 06 of 09
    Jeannette Glass Co. Delphite Reamer
    Jeannette Glass Co. Delphite Reamer. (Vintage Vault)

    Depression glass goes far beyond the transparent pink, green, and amber that are found do frequently. From opaque blue Dephite to pure white Platonite, find out more about a number of types of colorful glassware used in vintage kitchenware beginning in the 1920s and continuing through the 1940s.

  • 07 of 09
    Doric and Pansy Child's Depression Glass Cup and Saucer
    Doric and Pansy Child's Depression Glass Cup and Saucer. Photo courtesy of Catisfaction's Glass Gallery (

    Find out more about Jeanette Glass Company, a manufacturer around since the late 1800s. Even though it is best known for creating a variety of Depression-era dinnerware and kitchen items, including the unique and beautiful Ultramarine color, this company produced a variety of glass prior to the 1930s and they made milk glass as well. 

  • 08 of 09
    Colonial Pattern Butter Dish
    Colonial Pattern Butter Dish. Pamela Y. Wiggins

    Hazel Atlas Glass Company is known for making some of the most popular colors in Depression glass, including Ritz Blue and Sunset Pink. Learn more about those hues and all the intricate dinnerware patterns they produced as well kitchen glass pieces.  

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  • 09 of 09
    U.S. Glass Vanity Set made by Tiffin
    U.S. Glass Co. Vanity Set.

    United States Glass Co. made some traditional Depression glass dinnerware patterns, but they also made some beautiful bedroom and bathroom glassware as well. Their glassware output included a number of lovely carnival glass patterns, too. Find out more about how they marked their glass, see a list of patterns, and learn about their other wares.