This pretty grill plate shows off one of my favorite depression glass patterns, Cameo from Hocking Glass. Cameo has an interesting story behind it. Monongah Glass made a beautiful etched pattern Springtime, with a dancer in a frame surrounded by swags that was true elegant glass - lots of hand work, quality crystal, the works. Hocking bought Monongah during the early part of the depression and reworked the Springtime to make it via the mold etch process that required no hand work and was mass produced. The result is our beautiful Cameo.
Some say the dancer was inspired by or was meant to be Isadora Duncan and the lady has a scarf so it could be. In any case the pattern is particularly pretty and highly collected. Hocking made it in green and pink besides the yellow and also some clear. The pink is exceptionally scarce. I have a pink sugar bowl that unfortunately came with a cracked handle.
Collectors call this lively depression glassware pattern Dancing Girl or Ballerina plus Hocking's name, Cameo. It is very pretty in any of the colors with the swags and the dancing lady in the medallions around the rim. The piece you see here is a grill plate which is dinner plate size with three dividers to section the food to keep things separate and make portions look larger. We don't see many grill plates in modern patterns but they were a staple during the depression. If you aren't familiar with Cameo I invite you to check this pattern out. It is one of the nicest depression designs.
Come check our selection at Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass.