D is for...
...duh... or Depression glass. When the ABC-Along began, I wrote all the letters of the alphabet in the spaces for every other Sunday of a pocket calendar. I also wrote in an idea or two for a particular letter, if something struck me right off the bat. Well, I checked my calendar yesterday and written right there in black and white: Depression glass. How could I have forgotten?
Depression glass reminds me a lot of my grandmothers. I haven't added to my collection much in recent years, but happily remember the years of building -- the flush of excitement at scoring a particular piece, quite probably unnoticed by anyone else, in a box lot at an auction, or saving up for a certain item, or finding even one piece of an elusive pattern that I liked. I especially like angles, I guess -- Sierra Pinwheel (I have plates, platters, bowls and a butter dish all with those cute, chip-prone, jagged rims), chunky Tea Room, geometric Colonial Block -- though I do have pieces with names like Swirl, too, and some with floral designs. Most Depression glass isn't marked, but the "A" inside an "H" is fairly common. People think it's an Anchor Hocking mark, but it really stands for Hazel Atlas, the name of an old glass company; it's sometimes found on the bottom of clear, utilitarian glass, too, such as jelly glasses or measuring cups.
I've photographed, posted and written about this cabinet before -- it is framed by the kitchen doorway, visible from my front door, and behind it is the sink and an ever-present assortment of dishes that haven't yet made it into the dishwasher. I knew, when we remodeled the kitchen, that the Depression glass would be "shown" -- I'd originally intended overhead, lighted cabinets with glass on all sides above the sink, but the space wouldn't allow it in the manner that I wished. We happened upon a pair of these cabinets and the rest, as they say, is history. There's a little cubby behind and to the left, between a heat vent and the countertop, that also houses some green (and always dusty) glass, and there are mixing bowls and various storage or refrigerator dishes in the other cabinets. At one time, this cabinet held unadulterated Depression glass, but you can see that there's a jolly assortment of other oddments these days -- things that make me smile. That rather Seuss-like leaning tower of sherbet glasses makes me smile, too. That's what it's all about, eh?
Posted by: Theresa | 16 February 2006 at 06:51 AM
Those leaning sherbet dishes are so eye catching. I am a sucker for green--I love your collection and Jadeite...love/lust for Jadeite--speaking of Anchor Hocking!
Posted by: Kathleen | 16 February 2006 at 07:00 AM
Your collection of Depresssion glass is gorgeous. Do you actually use any of it? Or is it just for display?
Posted by: Carole | 16 February 2006 at 07:31 AM
I think your collection and its diplay is lovely. It makes it seem more accessible and almost ephemeral.
Posted by: Lizzy B | 16 February 2006 at 07:38 AM
Your display is the BEST and I LOVE the leaning tower of sherbet glasses! Once again I'll say it: I need you to come here and rearrange my stuff!!! ;-)
Posted by: Norma | 16 February 2006 at 07:54 AM
Such beautiful color! I love the how the light reflects through the glass. In my mind your house is like a treasure chest - so many pretty, delicate, SPECIAL things.
Oh yeah, and I have a glue question on my blog if you don't mind, Miss Vicki DIY. Can you glue metal to wood? I'm in a panic.
Posted by: Cara | 16 February 2006 at 08:30 AM
Hi Vicki, I love your depression glass collection. You are really quite the photographer. The photo of the inside of one of your pieces looks like a professional photograph. Love it. Maybe you have found another profession. :)
Posted by: Elizabeth | 16 February 2006 at 09:33 AM
Nice. I love the green color of the glass. I'm still trying to figure out my "D" entry.
Posted by: Kat | 16 February 2006 at 09:49 AM
You make green gorgeous. The cabinet just glows like emeralds.
Posted by: margene | 16 February 2006 at 10:26 AM
What a great collection. Couldn't help but notice the Blue Willow tea cup thrown in there as well. If it's all by it's lonesome it knows where to find me!
Posted by: Elizabeth | 16 February 2006 at 12:04 PM
This takes me back to my Grandma's house.
I inherited her Metlox Pottery (similar to Fiestaware) and I've been adding to that collection too.
Posted by: Marie | 16 February 2006 at 12:09 PM
My mom has all of my grandmother's pieces. I'm not sure what pattern it is...I should look!
Posted by: Bookish Wendy | 16 February 2006 at 12:34 PM
I have some pieces that were my mother's. They are very dear to me. Thanks for the posting -- it made me smile.
Posted by: Yvonne T | 16 February 2006 at 01:03 PM
Soooo pretty! My mom used to collect that stuff :)
Posted by: Stacie | 16 February 2006 at 06:41 PM
Lovely! I love looking at your displays.
Posted by: Cathy | 17 February 2006 at 11:19 AM
Your Depression glass is so pretty! I guess we have it here but I don't remember seeing any. Good luck with the amount of yarn you need - very odd that it seems different!
Posted by: lynne s of oz | 18 February 2006 at 04:00 AM