Last post we looked at a few favorite etched stemware patterns with basket motifs. Today let’s see how our depression glass makers used the same motifs in their wares.
One of the loveliest depression glass patterns, Lorain from Indiana Glass, features baskets in its design.
Isn’t that pretty? Lorain is mass produced depression glass, meaning the mold was etched and Indiana could use pressed glass methods to manufacture it. That allowed them to keep the cost very low.
Another depression glass pattern with flower baskets is Georgian from Federal Glass. The baskets are a little harder to make out compared to Lorain. Georgian alternates little medallions with parakeets with medallions holding flower baskets.
We have Georgian lunch plates, like the one shown in the photo, plus small plates and saucers in our store. We are out of stock on the tall creamer but the design shows up better than on the plates.
Just to be sure I didn’t forget any, I went through my depression glass books. Oddly, this is it! Only Lorain and Georgian feature flower baskets in their designs. There are many elegant glass etches with baskets, and often the mass-produced makers followed the lead of the elegant companies in their designs. It looks like baskets we have the two to choose between. Both are lovely. I’m partial to Lorain for the design but Georgian is a little better made as Federal had fewer rough edges and raised seams than did Indiana. I like both, how about you?
Copyright 2013 Kathy Eickholt
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