1.24.2012

Vintage 101: What I Learned This Weekend

I mentioned yesterday that my mom is staying with me, which brought to mind a debate we had last month about whether these beautiful aqua/teal goblets I picked up at a Goodwill were in fact Depression Glass. Let me refresh your memory...

My mom insisted that they were in fact frauds. And me, insulted by her lack of faith in my ability to recognize such well-known glassware, scoffed at the idea and insisted she was wrong (gee, can you tell we're mother and daughter?). But it left a nagging feeling in the back of my mind, and every time I opened the cupboard and spotted them, they seemed to be taunting me. So, this weekend I finally caved and delved into the Internet in search of the answer.

I was surprised to learn that the reproduction of this iconic glass from the 1930s is fairly widespread, but you can read more about all that here. Most of the sites are organized by the pattern, so I knew that's where I had to start. I looked through hundreds of photos and never came across a pattern like the one etched in the above goblets.

Undeterred, I went from a different angle. I remembered someone commenting on this Style Spots post that the color of these glasses is known as Capri Blue. So I started researching that, finding out this colored was manufactured one by Hazel Atlas. This helped me narrow me search, and after lots and lots more photos, I still never came across anything that looked like these goblets.

I started waving a very small white flag by then beginning research on reproduction Depression Glass. All the sources said one of the ways to tell is how heavy the piece is. You would think the heavier it is, the more likely it's real, but that's not the case. The real stuff is much more delicate than the repro, and the real stuff often has little flaws as well (air bubbles, or indentations and marks from when it was being set in a mold, etc.). So I closely scanned the goblets (noticing their heaviness as I picked them up) and looked for such imperfections, but these babies are pretty seamless.

I think it's safe to say my mom was right, unless one of you can save my pride and tell me you know for a fact these are real. Either way, they're still pretty. :)
If you'd like to learn more about Depression Glass, this website gives a lot of good book references. I think I might check my local library to see if I can find some. That way I'm more prepared if I come across some in the thrifts.

Another lesson lived and learned.

7 comments:

  1. I wouldn't feel too bad. These glass are gorgeous either way!

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  2. They are still very pretty, vintage or vintage-inspired!

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  3. I love these features!!!!!! Keep the lessons coming!

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  4. They will be vintage one day... :)

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  5. I just discovered your blog.
    I realy like it and will definitive come back!
    ...and vintage or not, the glasses are so gorgeous!
    Greetings from Germany.
    Liebst,
    Wibke

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