Wow! And Wow! again! Dave and I went to the Michigan Depression Glass Society glass show today and my eyes and heart are almost overloaded. Aisle after aisle, booth after booth were filled with gorgeous glass.
When I realized the show was only a couple miles from my sister’s house I asked her to join us. She had a great time too. Dave got me my elusive Rose Point relish and a surprise for Christmas and I picked up a Central Francis bowl in a luscious shade of amber. I’ll show those in the newsletter – which got postponed from today in favor of this fantastic show.
We saw elegant glass, including some patterns I’ve never seen before and pieces and colors that are rare and so beautiful. This first booth had depression glass on one end and scads of Cambridge, like the blue Cleo footed tumblers here. I’ve had a piece or two of blue Cleo but it’s darn hard to find.
And of course lots and lots of depression glass. I love Cameo from Hocking Glass, especially in the green, and we’ve have several unusual pieces, but I have never seen the domino tray before. This little tray has a center indentation for a creamer and you put sugar cubes in the inside. A neat piece and clever too.
The Cameo cream soup is rare, too.
When I spotted pieces we have in our store I did compare prices and was glad to see mine were in line. A couple dealers had noticeably lower pieces than others like these Windsor tumblers for $10, a very low price for pink depression glass drinking glasses.
One of the great things about a show like this is the care the dealers take: Everything is clean and sparkly, the displays are laid out well and there are virtually no damaged pieces or reproductions. It’s a lot of work to pack up boxes and boxes of glass, transport it (safely), set it up, sell, then at the end take everything down, rebox and reload and go home. When Dave did art shows we could take down in about 90 minutes, but we had only about 25 pieces displayed. These people had hundreds! Sue asked me how many boxes and my guess was about 50 for one booth.
I love the bright colors on patterns like this Banded Ring depression glass from Hocking. It’s cheerful and has that bright modern look from the 1930s.
It might seem odd to talk about “modern” and “the 1930s” in the same sentence, but back then people were quite looking forward to the future. It was a time of suffering certainly, but it was also a time of great change and that was reflected in the styling of the era.
My sister and husband aren’t passionate about glass the way I am but they both enjoyed the day and they both walked out understanding why I love this beautiful glass so much!