I was gardening today drenched with bug spray because the mosquitoes are horrific, never seen them this bad. It felt so good to come in, wash up and sit down here in my cool office with my glass to put together a blog post for you. This week's pick is this warm colored Normandie depression glass from Federal. I like Normandie for its pretty design of flower bouquets in between trellis motifs, the lovely warm amber color and the scalloped shapes. The very first piece of depression glass I bought was a Normandie plate at an auction. I haven't had many pieces of Normandie over the years. For some reason it's not as abundant as its contemporary patterns from Federal, Madrid or Patrician. This is puzzling because Federal made Normandie in amber for quite a long time, 1933 to 1940. Besides this pretty amber Federal made pink, a few pieces of clear and a dark orange iridescent. Amber Normandie is quite affordable, one of the least costly of the mold etched patterns. A tumbler, usually among the more costly items, lists for $20 to $30, and my pitcher is under $80 including shipping. The pink Normandie is more expensive than the amber but still quite reasonable for common pieces although some of the rare pink pieces are pricey. Collectors nicknamed Normandie Bouquet and Lattice, a perfect name that describes the design. No one has reproduced Normandie, so it is safe to buy, but do be aware that Cracker Barrel sells glass that has a heart with lattices, similar at first glance. I hope you enjoy your weekend and manage to avoid losing too much blood to those pesky mosquitoes.
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