Hocking was a busy company during the Great Depression. They were responsible for some of our most beloved depression glass dinnerware patterns: Cameo Dancing Girl, Mayfair Open Rose, Miss America, Block Optic, plus many other small patterns like Fortune or Open Lace. Hocking Glass also made Princess, but somehow this classy mold etched pattern has been like Cinderella.
Princess has a big fluffy center motif like a plumed circle and interesting scroll designs on the square rim. It’s a pretty pattern that looks good on a table setting and Hocking made a full set of dinnerware service. Plus there are Princess tumblers – several sizes – a cookie jar, candy dish, butter dish, assorted relishes, plenty of serving and accessory pieces to collect.
I have bought and sold many pieces, including a full dinnerware set, and there are discerning folks who appreciate this pattern. Yet Princess is priced significantly lower than the super popular Mayfair, especially for plates or tumblers, and if you run a search online you’ll find less Princess than Mayfair. There are very few pieces that are truly rare and you can easily assemble a nice collection without exorbitant time or money.
If you enjoy pink or green then Princess a great choice. The pieces are all square shaped with the corners cut short, with interesting shapes for creamers and sugars and butter dishes. It is a good time to rescue this Cinderella Princess and turn her into the belle of the ball.