July 3, 2011

Depression Glass: Hocking Glass - Colonial aka 'Knife & Fork'

Let's get back to some glassware identification. I've had a lot of different irons in the fire as of late, so I thought it was time for a good 'ole fashion Depression Glass post. I'm not really the research kinda gal, but obviously one isn't born with knowledge of all things antique and vintage, so I've had to do quite a bit of poking and nosing around. The most interesting part is that I am actually enjoying it. The bad part is that there are many different resources and most of them contain contrasting and inconsistant information, so of course that leads to reviewing 4, 5, 6 resources and then double and triple checking each 'fact'.

I could just go the easy route and continue to perpetuate inaccurate information, but I'm all about 'breaking the cycle'. If you're a seller or collector, certainly you've been on 'those' auction/online selling sites to search for comparabales or that coveted pattern or piece of glassware only to find that 'hey that's EXACTLY the piece I have' and the person selling has no idea either what in the heck they have OR it is identified totally wrong, yet 10 other people have it listed (almost verbatim) the same dang wrong way. Really frustrating for Seller and Collector alike. So, again, I'm doing my best to break the cycle of misinformation and dial in who out there truly knows what they're talking about and collecting information from those wonderful gems and sharing that knowledge here, with you!

Colonial aka "Knife & Fork"
Manufactured by: Hocking Glass Company
Years Manufactured: 1934 - 1936
Colors: Crystal, Green, Opaque White, Pink
Classification: Depression Glass
Pitcher in Pink
Number of Pieces Produced: Approximately 41

This particular pattern is one of the more difficult patterns to collect. One reason is the limited years of production, therefore limited pieces were produced. This leads to reason number two...expensive! The aka comes from the rigid design between the scallops of the rib/panel pattern.

Mug in Green
Green is typically the most sought after color, simply because it is one of the easiest to find. Pink demands close to the same price as the green and that is due to the limited amount of pink pieces available, otherwise it might command a higher price because more available pieces would mean more opportunity to put together complete sets.

Cordial Glass in Crystal
Stems were not produced in pink, so often collectors will seek out the crystal stems to compliment their collection. There were 3 different sizes of footed tumblers produced, along with 7 bowls, and 5 sizes of stems. In total, there were approximately 41 pieces made in this pattern.

Oval Bowl in Pink

1 comment:

  1. I have a complete set of eight of all the common pieces. I have been collecting this pattern form over 30 years. It is beautiful, I would love to have more soup or cereal bowsl!