If you love vintage amethyst glass then you will enjoy Newport from Hazel Atlas. Hazel Atlas was the hands-down champ of amethyst glass. Not only did they make Newport in a full set of purple, they made amethyst pieces in New Century and Moderntone during the depression era, then Moroccan Amethyst during the 1960s. To my eye the Moroccan Amethyst is a little darker glass, a less interesting purple, than the amethyst Newport. Besides the patterns from Hazel Atlas, about the only other amethyst depression pattern you'll see much of is Mount Pleasant from L.E. Smith Glass. I've never seen any amethyst Moderntone or New Century, and a quick check on eBay showed almost all the amethyst depression glass is the Newport pattern. Newport is the most abundant and affordable pattern to consider if you choose to collect amethyst depression glass. Hazel Atlas made Newport from 1936 to 1940, the last half of the depression era when the designs turned from flowery mold etches to geometric shapes like this one. Take a good look at the sugar bowl. See the scalloped ridges on the side? Those looked like hairpins to the early collectors, giving the nickname "Hairpin". One of the things I like about this sugar is the design is so complete. The foot on the sugar has the same scalloped ridges and petal shape. I love how the depression glass makers made their designs consistent all over the glass, rims, feet, handles. Even though depression glass is not great quality glass the patterns are just so appealing. Even simple patterns like Newport are charming. The only thing I don't like about amethyst glass is that it shows dust in my photos! I washed the sugar bowl before taking the picture but you sure wouldn't know it from the white bits on the foot!
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