Isn’t this a neat piece of amber depression glass? Our readers may know we try to carry Central Glass patterns and this is their Frances pattern. Frances is one of the patterns that you can find in depression glass books, such as those by Gene Florence but Central is usually considered a maker of elegant glass.
Regardless how you want to classify it, Frances is a very interesting, attractive pattern. I got this particular piece on eBay. It was listed as Block Optic but there were still several bidders. Unfortunately there’s quite a bit of wear on the surface that you don’t really see because of the pattern.
The design is elongated raised diamond shapes with insets between. The color is the best part, a deep rich amber shade with a tint of reddish orange, almost a light rust. I was glad I bought this although I’m not happy about the condition.
Take a look at the other Central Glass items listed today on eBay; these are from many sellers besides me.