How To Identify Vintage Glassware?

How To Identify Vintage Glassware?

You can identify your vintage glassware piece or collection by referencing it with the types listed below:

1. Depression Glass

depression glass

The name depression was intended to remind you of the great depression, which was the time the global stock market crashed into an all-time low (in 1925). Such a situation greatly affected the living standards of everyday people to the point that even luxury items had to be produced with a tighter budget and lesser resources.

Depression Glass is one of these “luxury items”. As it was the to-go glassware choice when you need to entertain guests, brighten up the room, and even just for everyday use.

How do you identify Depression Glass? For one, depression glass commonly consists of bright hues such as green, yellow, amber, blue, or pink. Because it helps to make them eye-catching enough to brighten up a space. Also, depression glass can be iridescent—the color changes as you change your position.

Another clue to look at is the thickness of the glass. As depression glass is one of the thinnest types of glassware ever made. Why? Because the manufacturers at that time (the great depression) ran on a very tight budget in a suffering economy. Thus making it necessary for the cost of production to be very low. In turn, fewer resources or glass was used to make depression glassware.

You can as well detect depression Glass from its unique details. Such as its opalescent trim, geometric shape, and etched designs. The value of a piece is even known to skyrocket if it was riddled with signs of chipping and cracks.

Note: depression glass was popularly manufactured by Jennette Bottle works.

2. Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass

 These pieces of glassware are usually given out as prizes for winning Carnival games during the early 1900s. However, during its time, demand for such pieces wasn’t significantly high enough. Despite its aesthetic and unique design. Nowadays, the demand for Carnival glassware is quite high. Especially if it happens to be a limited model or a piece needed to complete a set.

3. Art Glass

Art Glass

Art Glass was quite famous in the early 1900s. Such pieces generally consist of random items such as vases, medicine bottles, sculptures, figurines, chandeliers, and even bowls. All of which are signed at the bottom by the artist (like Dale Chihuly) or companies that made them (Waterford). Their value today is based on certain factors such as crudeness, unique design, and the artist’s signature.

If all these factors can be confirmed about your art glass piece then its market value could be thousands of dollars or hundreds.

4. Milk Glass

Milk Glass

 This is an opaque piece of glassware that has existed since the mid-19th and the early 20th century. It was considered to be a cheaper substitute for European glassware and Chinas. The most valuable pieces to look out for are the old milk glass pieces which were manufactured misting in the mid-19 century. You can identify them using their designs or motifs like floral, animals, and objects.

5. Kitchen Glass

Kitchen glass was first manufactured during the Depression Era. As it is considered a branch of depression glass (you could call it depression-ware). Because they shared a lot of similarities with them, including the price tag (which was just as cheap) And the manufacturer (Jennyware or Jennette bottle works).

You can easily identify them from the type of glass that was used to make them.

Type Of Glass:

  • Delphite– it’s an opaque blue glass
  • Fire King– it’s an opaque green glass
  • Jadeite– it’s an opaque lighter green glass
  • Platonite– it’s an opaque white glass

Note: they’re usually used to make tableware items such as mixing bowls, pitchers, refrigerator dishes, and so on.

6. Elegant Glass

Elegant glass was also popular during the time of economic depression. But it was far more expensive during this period even though it shared several characteristics with depression glass. Such as intricate designs and attractive colors. The only clear difference is the lack of chipped parts or cracks. As the elegant glass was manufactured by companies that considered quality control as important despite bad economic conditions.

7. Crystal Glass

Crystal Glass

This type of glassware is considered a luxury piece among the elites of society. As it became common tableware for such people from the late 19th century to date.

You can easily identify them from the “ping” sound they make after a hit with a spoon. Another good indicator is its heaviness. As crystal glass holds more weight than the average glassware due to the lead content in them. The lead content is also responsible for the reflective rainbow light it produces upon the sun’s reflection.


This article from txantiquemall


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