It's Saturday and time for my glass pick of the week. There's nothing scientific about this, I look at my glass and pick out a piece that hits my fancy. This week it's this fun serving piece, the oval platter in Mayfair Open Rose pink depression glass.Way back when I first started I bought a bunch of Mayfair pink goblets at a garage sale. Sadly that was the only time I found such great glass at garage sales - but I learned from those goblets how lovely and popular Mayfair is. Mayfair, also called Open Rose, comes to us from Hocking Glass. It is true depression glass, made by pressing colored glass into molds. Hocking made Mayfair from 1931 to 1937 in pink, green, blue, yellow and clear. The pink is the easiest to find and the yellow is quite hard to find. If you like satin glass, or frosted glass, then keep an eye out for Hocking Mayfair. There is quite a bit of satin Mayfair glass with and without painted decoration. You'll find a full dinner set in Mayfair. Hocking made several serving pieces like this oval platter, including several elegantly shaped bowls. This platter is 13 3/4 inches long from handle to handle and it's the only size in Mayfair. Luckily it's a great size, big enough to use for most main dishes or meats. (Of course it would be best holding your favorite assortment of cookies.) One of the reasons I like serving depression glass serving pieces is that you can mix them into your other dishes. It's fun when you can use just a piece or two, especially when you don't have a full set. Many of us don't have room for multiple sets of dishes or don't particularly want invest in a full set of depression glass. The other good thing is that people tend to be careful with serving pieces. You can use your serving pieces with your family or for dinners with larger groups. Even people who don't know anything about depression glass will notice this one. What do you think? Do you have special serving pieces you like to use?
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