Doesn't the name Normandie sound fancy? I did some research to write this post because I thought the name may have been drawn from the famous French ocean liner Normandie, however the vessel was launched in 1935, after the depression pattern production start. For many years this pattern was called Bouquet and Lattice for its design of - guess what - flowers between trellises. Normandie is a more appealing name for this pretty pattern regardless of the reason! Federal Glass made Normandie from 1933 to 1940 in pink, amber and iridescent orange called Sunburst. I see a lot more iridescent compared to either amber or pink. Sadly this is a pattern on the scarce side, especially in pink. Several years ago I bought pink cups, saucers and sherbets at a garage sale and have not seen some since. The amber is particularly nice and you are more likely to find pieces, even tumblers, and at relatively affordable prices. If you like it, the iridescent is quite inexpensive. Also you don't need to worry about reproduction Normandie because it has not been remade. One thing to be careful of with Normandie, as with Federal's similar shaped Patrician Spoke and Madrid, is inner rim roughness. You can see the sharp delineation at the inside edge of the rim and that can get nicked if you stack plates without a paper plate between them. I've had less problem with Normandie nicks than with Madrid, but do be aware and check when you buy or ask an online seller to check before you order. Normandie is a personal favorite and I hope you like it too!
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