Here's another of the more obscure depression glass patterns that actually dates to the 1940s from Indiana Glass. Collectors call this Pretzel - great descriptive name - and Indiana called it number 622. This is an interesting pattern that had some neat pieces. The cups, creamers and sugars have handles that look like one of the pretzel shapes came out and curled around. There's a small olive dish that looks like a leaf. Plus there is a snack set. These are the pieces that are typical of the glassware from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. I've seen pictures of Pretzel glass with decorated centers but have not seen them in person. Indiana made Pretzel in clear early in the 1940s and added amber and eventually an avocado green. They made just a few pieces, basic tableware, in amber and green. An avid depression glass collector friend uses Pretzel for her daily dishes and they look sharp. I was surprised how good they looked and of course Pretzel certainly is not going to be just like everyone else's dinner set. So what's good about Pretzel? It's attractive; there are a lot of neat pieces in clear; it's affordable. (Plates like these are $5 to $15 each.) On the downside you won't find it offered as often as some patterns and you won't find it in pink, depression green or blue. If you like the snazzy geometric design and prefer glass you can use without worrying about it being irreplaceable then consider Pretzel.
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