Federal Glass is the queen of amber! Amber depression glass that is. They produced most of their depression patterns in amber; in fact Columbia and Raindrops are the only depression patterns Federal did not make in amber. Federal's amber glass is a warm shade of yellow. It's not at all orange or reddish, more like someone took one of the topaz yellow shades and warmed it up a bit. Personally I like amber for its comforting, homey look, and the rich shades are perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. The serving bowl is Sharon, called Cabbage Rose for its large flowers, and you can get a full set rather easily and without spending a fortune. In fact that is one appealing reason to consider pursuing the glass you like in amber: Cost. Amber is usually less costly than the same pattern in green or pink. For example Sharon amber pieces are half to two-thirds less costly than green or pink. If you like to collect more than one pattern but keep the same color, then you might choose all glass from one maker. Federal made far more amber than anyone else and you can mix glass from pretty patterns like Sharon, Patrician, Normandie, Madrid and Parrot. Diana also has amber pieces but I don't find the Diana blends as well. Try amber depression glass the next time you're looking for a pretty spot of warm color in your home!
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