Glass values not depressing

ANTIQUES

September 17, 1995|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service

A: I heard some Depression glass dishes are worth hundreds of dollars. How can I learn to recognize such pieces?

Q: Depression glass pieces can be found pictured in color along with their descriptions and current values in "Very Rare Glassware of the Depression Years" by Gene Florence; it is available in hardcover for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.

Still other best-selling, hardcover books by Gene Florence are "Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era" for $21.95 postpaid, and the third edition of "Collectible Glassware from the 40's, 50's, 60's -- An Illustrated Value Guide," also for $21.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises.

A: When I was a child, I was given a set of children's clear pink glass dishes, imprinted with cherries, stems and leaves. The set (which is about 60 years old) is complete with all its 14 pieces in its original box, which says "Jeannette Junior Dinner Set" on the front. About how much would such a set be worth?

Q: The pink glass child's dinner set in the Cherry Blossom pattern, if in perfect condition, has a current value of $325 complete with its box (or $300 without the box) according to the new, 1996 "Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass -- Twelfth Edition" by Gene Florence. The book is available in a large-size hardcover volume for $21.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.

The book also has prices for separate pieces of the set; it lists the sugar and creamer for $45 each, cups $35 each, saucers $6.25 each, and 6-inch plates $11 each. It also contains extensive information on and color photos of Depression glass reproductions (including a child's pink cup and saucer in the Cherry Blossom pattern), and teaches one how to recognize copies.

Write Anita Gold, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659; enclose an addressed stamped envelope. Due to the high volume of mail, not all letters can be answered.

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