The set shown here is elegant depression glass, meaning it took skilled artisans to make this as many steps could only be done by hand, not by machine. It is from Fostoria Glass, the Versailles etch. Versailles is the right name for this pattern as the design features a central fan medallion surrounded by scrolls - classy, timeless and just formal enough. Fostoria made Versailles in this rose pink, a medium light blue, luscious green and topaz. I found nothing about any crystal with the Versailles etch, somewhat unusual since Fostoria made crystal in almost every pattern. This is an older pattern, made from 1928 to 1940, spanning the depression era. The next time you see some pretty depression glass and wonder how to use it, just remember that glass loves sunlight and will sparkle. Pick several cups and saucers - they don't need to match - mix colors and patterns and enjoy a happy rainbow of color. It's so cheerful and friendly it will make you smile.One of the wonderful things you can do with depression glass is put small pieces on window ledges or those shelves in your kitchen or dining room. The glass is transparent letting the sun shine through and making a glorious display of color, pattern and shape. Cups and saucers are perfect for this. They are small, available in every pattern, and just the perfect sweet little piece to show off the pretty designs.
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