Would you like to come sit down to our pink dinner table? We’re using pink depression glass from our store to serve four friends.
Do you recognize this pink depression glass pattern? It is Princess from Hocking. Let’s look closer look.
Hocking Glass made Princess in pink, green and topaz yellow. Pink Princess depression glass is the most popular color today. Can you see the Princess sherbet is thinner than the butter dish? The Princess pink pieces are all the same color and the butter looks darker because it is a little thicker glass.
Princess was among the earliest patterns Hocking introduced during the depression. Princess came out in 1931 and Hocking made it until 1935, about the same period as Hocking Cameo. Princess is a pressed pattern with the design incised into the molds, not applied after the glass was formed. Hocking was one of the pioneers in making fancy glass designs with mass production techniques.
Hocking made a large number of Princess pieces, including six different tumblers, two different dinner plates, bowls and many serving pieces. You can find Princess pitchers, serving bowls and platters, salt and pepper shakers, butter dish, cookie jar and candy jar. This huge range of pieces makes Princess a lot of fun to collect. You don’t need all six tumblers and both dinner plates, but you can look for them if you want to. It’s fun to go shopping for depression glass and even more fun when you have something special to look for.
Do you see the square shaped small fruit bowl? All the Princess bowls have eight sides, a square with the corners chopped off. If you decide to get Princess you want to check those bowls carefully because the rims flake a bit on the inside and outside.
Princess reminds me so much of Hocking’s Cameo depression glass. Princess and Cameo had similar types of pieces. One piece they don’t have is the saucer. Isn’t that odd? Of course the little bread plate takes dual uses, as a saucer and as a little plate for a roll or side dish.
This picture shows the cup moved off the center so you can see the little plate and the pretty pattern.
One last photo to show the place setting from the top as you walk towards the table to sit down.
My thanks to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun event.