Depression glass is a popular collectible. It is simple, clear or colored glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression. The Quaker Oats Company, along with a host of other food manufacturers and distributors, would put a piece of glassware in boxes of food or cereal as an incentive to purchase the product. Movie theaters gave these away simply for coming in the door and gas stations would hand out a piece for filling up.
Depression glass was a reliable, lovely "luxury" on the middle and lower class table from the 1920s into the 1960s. Early on the glassware was made to mimic cut glass designs popular at the time. As mass production of glass improved, depression glass makers created new and sometimes exciting designs. One of the most popular producers was the Federal Glass Company of Columbus, Ohio.
While most of depression glass pieces are practical kitchen or tableware, some excellent figurines were made as well. We have a gorgeous pair of horse head bookends made around 1950. Known as the Trojan Horse Bookends, these are fantastic for any horse lover.
|Federal Glass Co. Trojan Horse Bookends|